North Korea is reinstalling loudspeakers in multiple places inside the Demilitarized Zone, a move that goes against the 2018 Panmunjeon Declaration.
Taking down the speakers was considered a key achievement from the summit between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on April 27th, 2018.
The two Koreas had removed dozens of loudspeakers later that year in around 40 areas as part of the second of five clauses in the 2018 Panmunjeom Declaration.
The 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.
In response, the South Korean military said it's closely monitoring the North's movements around-the-clock while maintaining its defense posture.
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 activities in a proportional manner.
This would raise tensions between Seoul and Pyeongyang even further, especially since the North has 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 that around 12 million leaflets have been 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.
The South Korean defense ministry reiterated that the distribution of leaflets across the inter-Korean border would be a violation of the Panmunjeom Declaration.
Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.