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N. Korea's loudspeaker campaign not effective: Experts Updated: 2015-08-18 22:02:14 KST

In response to South Korea's propaganda warfare along the border with the North, North Korea is reported to have resumed its loudspeaker campaign at the military demarcation line for the first time in 11 years.
The loudspeakers broadcast messages condemning the South and promoting the reclusive regime.
But the effectiveness of Pyongyang's campaign is questionable.
An official from Seoul's defense ministry said Tuesday that North Korea's loudspeakers are old and barely audible in the South.
Experts say the North's campaign is meant to prevent its people from hearing South Korea's propaganda messages.

"South Korea's loudspeaker broadcasts can reach military stationed in the front line and North Koreans living near the border line. The regime is extremely sensitive of the South's loudspeaker broadcasting as it can reach all the way to Kaesong."

South Korea mainly broadcasts propaganda related to democracy, news outside of Pyongyang and even weather,… information experts say could heavily influence North Korean citizens and soldiers.

Analysts also say Pyongyang will not be able to do anything more than launch a propaganda campaign, especially at a time when South Korea and the U.S. are holding joint military drills.

"North Korea is aware that the United States will fully support South Korea in case of any local war. This is one of the major reasons why Pyongyang can't launch a military provocation."

South Korea's propaganda broadcasts can be heard 24 kilometers away at night and 10 kilometers away during the day.
Its campaign is set to further pressure the North as the South Korean military plans to launch mobile loudspeakers along the border.
Connie Kim, Arirang News.
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