Seoul silences loudspeakers at border ahead of inter-Korean summit

With just a few days left until the historic inter-Korean summit, South Korea has decided to stop broadcasting propaganda at the tense border. Seoul explained that the silence will hopefully create a peaceful atmosphere for the summit.
South Korean soldier at the border Photo Credit: EPA

In a gesture of goodwill, South Korea has decided to silence its massive loudspeakers at the Korean Demilitarized Zone ahead of a historic summit scheduled for later this week. The loudspeakers blare propaganda, K-pop music and news reports critical of the regime in the North.

The loudspeakers fell silent early Monday morning. It is still unclear whether North Korea, which uses similar loudspeakers to broadcast propaganda praising Pyongyang and news reports critical of the South, will follow suit. A spokesperson for the South Korean government said that the decision was made to create a peaceful atmosphere for the inter-Korean summit.

Last week, North Korea said it will no longer conduct nuclear and missile tests as it works to promote peace with its southern neighbor. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump welcomed the decision.

However, Trump warned in a later message that the crisis with North Korea has not been resolved. “We a long way from conclusion on North Korea, maybe things will work out, and maybe they won’t - only time will tell,” he wrote on Twitter yesterday.

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