The South Korean military has confirmed that North Korea is reinstalling loudspeakers at several locations along the inter-Korean border to broadcast propaganda.
This is the latest in a series of actions taken by the regime that have raised tensions in recent days, most notably its blowing up of the inter-Korean liaison office at Gaeseong last week.
Kim Ji-yeon is at Seoul's defense ministry with more.
Ji-yeon, what's the latest?
As you mentioned, North Korea is reinstalling the loudspeakers in multiple places inside the Demilitarized Zone, a move that without a doubt goes against the two sides' 2018 agreement to stop all hostile acts against each other.
Taking down the speakers was considered an achievement of the summit between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on April 27, 2018.
The two Koreas removed dozens of loudspeakers later that year in around 40 areas as part of carrying out out the second of five clauses in the 2018 Panmunjeom Declaration.
That clause stipulates that from May 1st, 2018, the two sides will halt all provocative acts, including the broadcasting of propaganda along the Military Demarcation Line and the distribution of propaganda leaflets in order to turn the DMZ into a peace zone.
It's widely expected that the South Korean military will reinstall its own loudspeakers under the military's protocol of responding to the North's military activities in a proportional way.
South Korea's loudspeakers are mobile and can carry sound as far away as some 24 kilometers at night and some 10 kilometers during the day.
They're known to be one of the most effective tactics in psychological warfare.
The speakers broadcast news content from South Korea as well as popular South Korean songs.
This will surely raise tensions between the two Koreas even further, especially since the North has also warned it's going to start sending anti-South Korean propaganda leaflets across the border.
The regime's state-run Korean Central News Agency reported earlier today that they have prepared around 12 million leaflets tied to three-thousand balloons.
It said the leaflets are being printed at factories across the North, and claimed that they will make it all the way to what it called the center of South Korea, which could mean Seoul.
In response, the South Korean military said it's closely monitoring the North's movements around-the-clock while maintaining its defense posture.
Seoul's defense ministry reiterated that the distribution of leaflets would be a violation of the Panmunjeom Declaration.
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