North Korea Installing Loudspeakers Along Border, Responds To South Korea

South Korea’s military has detected signs that North Korea is installing its own loudspeakers along the heavily armed border, a day after the South resumed anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts for the first time in years. The move comes as the two Koreas engage in a Cold War-style psychological warfare, with tensions deepening over the North’s nuclear ambitions and the tit-for-tat exchange of balloons and broadcasts.

The South’s decision to reactivate its loudspeakers on Sunday was in retaliation for the North sending over 1,000 balloons filled with trash and manure across the border in recent weeks. North Korea has described its balloon campaign as a response to South Korean civilian groups using balloons to fly anti-North Korean propaganda leaflets, which Pyongyang considers a threat to leader Kim Jong Un’s authoritarian rule.

While the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff did not provide details on the number of suspected North Korean speakers or their locations, they confirmed that the speakers were still silent as of Monday afternoon. The escalating tensions have prompted a strong response from Kim’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, who warned of a “new response” from the North if the South continues with the broadcasts and fails to stop civilian activists from flying anti-North Korean propaganda leaflets.

As the two Koreas engage in this psychological warfare, U.S. and South Korean officials have been reviewing their nuclear deterrence strategies to counter growing North Korean threats during their latest nuclear planning talks in Seoul.