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South Korea launches propaganda flurry after North Korea’s nuclear test

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South Korea on Friday unleashed a propaganda flurry across its border with North Korea in response to a nuclear test, while the United States called on China to end “normal life” with its ally.
Broadcasts from loudspeakers in 11 locations along the heavily militarized border included rhetoric criticizing the Pyongyang regime, as well as “K-pop” music, which heightened tensions between rival Koreans.
North Korea later responded with its own broadcasts.
South Korea, which has become increasingly close to China in recent years, also said its foreign minister would hold talks with his Chinese counterpart later Friday.

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Wednesday’s nuclear test has sparked outrage in both the United States and China, which have not received prior notice, although the U.S. government and weapons experts have questioned Pyongyang’s claim that the device it launched was a hydrogen bomb.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that he made it clear in a telephone conversation with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi that China’s approach to North Korea has not been a success.
“China had a special approach that he wanted to take, and we agreed and respected to give them space for that,” Kerry told reporters. “Today, in a conversation with the Chinese, I made it clear that it is not working and we cannot continue to work normally.”
China is a major economic and diplomatic supporter of North Korea, although relations between the two Cold War allies have cooled in recent years.
China’s foreign ministry has urged North Korea to stick to its promises of denuclearization and avoid actions that would worsen the situation, but also said China does not have the key to resolving North Korea’s nuclear issue.
“Achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and ensuring peace and stability on the peninsula is in the mutual interests of all parties, is the responsibility of all parties and requires all parties to make efforts,” said ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunin at a briefing.
The North agreed to suspend its nuclear program at international talks in 2005, but later withdrew.
The seismic waves created by Wednesday’s blast were almost identical to those formed during North Korea’s last nuclear test in 2013, writes Jeffrey Park, a seismologist at Yale University, in a statement on the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists bombs. to claim.

Troops deployed, tours canceled

South Korean broadcasts are seen as an insult to the isolated North, which has in the past threatened military strikes to stop them.
The last time South Korea deployed loudspeakers in retaliation for a mine blast in August that wounded two South Korean soldiers, it led to armed confrontation and an exchange of artillery fire.

The sound from the speakers can be carried to North Korea for 10 km (6 miles) during the day and more than twice as much at night, according to the southern news agency Yonhap.
One could hear a male speaker from South Korea telling North Koreans that Kim Jong Un, the leader of their poor country, and his wife were wearing clothes worth thousands of dollars. Another report said Kim’s policy of stimulating the economy and his nuclear program was unrealistic.

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Broadcasts to the north were not clearly audible from the south and appear to be intended to drown out broadcasts from the south, Yonhap said, citing a South Korean official.
North Korea stepped up troop deployments in front-line units on Friday, while South Korea stepped up its military readiness to the highest level in places near loud speakers.
The South has vowed revenge for any attack on equipment, raised a cybersecurity alert and canceled tours of the demilitarized zone at the border.
Kerry said he and Wang had agreed to work closely together to determine what measures could be taken in light of growing concerns about nuclear testing. He said America has “a firm and unwavering commitment to regional security and global non-proliferation.”
U.S. Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives could join forces in a rare demonstration of unity to tighten sanctions against North Korea.
Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, told reporters that Democrats would support the bill on North Korea, which is likely to be put to a vote by Republicans next week. A source in Congress said it is expected Monday.
The House of Representatives action will target banks that support North Korea’s nuclear program, and will freeze U.S. assets to those directly involved in North Korea’s illegal activities. It will also punish those in business that provide North Korea with hard currency.
It was unclear how the new sanctions were holding back North Korea, which has conducted four nuclear tests since 2006.
The United States and South Korea are limited in their military response. Washington has sent a pair of B-2 nuclear-powered bombers over South Korea to demonstrate strength after North Korea last conducted a nuclear device in 2013.
North Korea responded then with the threat of a nuclear strike on the United States.
A South Korean military official told Reuters that Seoul and Washington were discussing the deployment of US strategic weapons on the Korean Peninsula, but declined to give details. The media report that the assets may include B-2 and B-52 bombers, as well as a nuclear submarine.

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