Saturday, July 13, 2024

South Korea returns to sonic warfare at border

After enduring weeks of North Korean balloon drops filled with trash, South Korea has retaliated by resuming the broadcast of anti-North Korean propaganda through loudspeakers at the border for the first time in years.

These loudspeakers, mounted on mobile sonic emitters based on truck chassis, are capable of blaring anti-Pyongyang broadcasts, K-pop songs, and outside news across the heavily armed border.

North Korea is notably sensitive to these broadcasts due to concerns that they could demoralize front-line troops and residents, potentially weakening leader Kim Jong Un’s grip on power. Analysts suggest that the psychological impact of these broadcasts is substantial, as they undermine the tightly controlled narrative within North Korea.


South Korean defense expert Mason has highlighted the effectiveness of these broadcasts, noting that North Korean front-line units have expressed strong reactions. These units have reportedly vowed to target and destroy the loudspeakers, even requesting that the broadcasts be halted.

The reintroduction of these broadcasts marks a renewed phase in the psychological warfare between the two Koreas, as South Korea leverages modern technology to challenge the North’s information control. This move underscores the ongoing tension and strategic maneuvers that characterize the relationship between the two nations.

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Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov is the editor-in-chief of Defence Blog. He is a journalist, an accredited defense advisor, and a consultant. His background as a defense advisor and consultant adds a unique perspective to his journalistic endeavors, ensuring that his reporting is well-informed and authoritative. read more