RoK's military set to remove propaganda loudspeakers at border

Tuesday, 2018-05-01 07:18:27
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RoK soldiers dismantle propaganda loudspeakers targeting DPRK along the border in Paju, Gyeonggi Province, on May 1, 2018. (Photo: Joint press corps-Yonhap)
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The Republic of Korea (RoK)'s defense authorities will take down loudspeakers installed along the border with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) later on May 1 in a follow-up to their summit deal last week, officials said.

"As (we) notified, we will today begin the removal of the loudspeaker broadcast equipment from front-line regions," a military official said.

The military plans to allow the media to cover the start of the removal work at a border area in Paju, Gyeonggi Province, in the afternoon.

The RoK began blaring anti-Pyongyang broadcasts using high-decibel loudspeakers along the border in 1963, most recently from around 40 locations. The RoK switched it off just ahead of the talks between President Moon Jae-in and the DPRK's leader Kim Jong-un.

In their Panmunjom meeting, they agreed to cease all hostile acts and eliminate their means, including broadcasting through loudspeakers and distribution of leaflets, in the areas along the Military Demarcation Line.

It's part of various agreed-upon measures aimed at building mutual trust and turning the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) into a real peace zone.

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