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Topic : South Korea to restart 'unbearable' loudspeaker broadcasts in response to North Korea's sewage ballo
2024호 6면
 
TITLE : South Korea to restart 'unbearable' loudspeaker broadcasts in response to North Korea's sewage ballo

South Korea to restart 'unbearable' loudspeaker broadcasts in response to North Korea's sewage balloons

 



File pic: AP

 

 

 

South Korea has vowed to blast "unbearable" noise at North Korea for the first time since 2018 after Pyongyang sent more sewage-filled balloons over the border.

 

Seoul's national security council said on Sunday it will restart loudspeaker broadcasts of anti-North Korean propaganda after 330 balloons dropped 15 tons of rubbish in South Korea over the weekend.

 

Three waves of sewage-filled balloons, filled with manure, cigarette butts, scraps of cloth, batteries and wastepaper, have been sent into the south since May.

 

South Korea's security council said: "The measures we will take may be unbearable for the North Korean regime, but they will send a message of hope and light to the North's troops and its people."

 

National security director Chang Ho-jin and other officials added that North Korea is trying to create "anxiety and disruption" in the south and is "solely responsible" for any escalation of tensions.

 

South Korea stopped its loudspeaker broadcasts in 2018 during a brief period of diplomacy with Pyongyang, when the countries signed an agreement to ease tensions.

 

When they last were active, the broadcasts played K-pop songs, weather reports and attacks on North Korea's leadership.

 

Coming from multiple speakers stacked in large racks, South Korea's military also claims the sound can travel more than 12.4 miles into North Korea.

South Korea suspended the six-year peace agreement on 4 June in the wake of North Korea's sewage balloon campaign, clearing the way for Seoul to resume broadcasts and also restart live-fire drills near the border.

 

North Korea has said the operation was in response to South Korean activists sending leaflets and propaganda over the demilitarized zone.

 

 


Source: https://news.sky.com/story/south-korea-to-restart-unbearable-loudspeaker-broadcasts-in-response-to-north-koreas-sewage-balloons-13150119

 

Comprehension

When did South Korea last use loudspeaker broadcasts against North Korea?
What kind of items were found in the sewage-filled balloons sent by North Korea?
What was the purpose of the loudspeaker broadcasts, according to South Korea's security council?
Why did South Korea stop its loudspeaker broadcasts in 2018?
What was the agreement signed by South Korea and North Korea in 2018?
What kind of sound can travel more than 12.4 miles into North Korea, according to South Korea's military?
Why did South Korea suspend the six-year peace agreement with North Korea?
What was the response of North Korea to South Korean activists sending leaflets and propaganda?

Discussion

What do you think is the main reason behind North Korea's actions in sending sewage-filled balloons to South Korea?
Do you think loudspeaker broadcasts are an effective way to send a message to North Korea? Why or why not?
How do you think the situation between South Korea and North Korea will develop in the future?
What do you think is the impact of the sewage-filled balloons on the environment and public health?
Do you think the peace agreement between South Korea and North Korea was a good idea? Why or why not?
How do you think the international community should respond to the situation between South Korea and North Korea?
What do you think is the role of diplomacy in resolving conflicts between countries?
Do you think the use of loudspeaker broadcasts is a form of psychological warfare? Why or why not?

Vocabulary

Unbearable - Too difficult or unpleasant to tolerate.
Propaganda - Information, ideas, or rumors spread deliberately to influence opinions or actions.
Sewage - Waste matter from toilets, sewers, or other sources.
Vow -A solemn promise or assertion; a pledge.
measure - Determine the measurements of something or somebody, take measurements of
Anxiety -A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease,