The Wall Street Journal: South Korea stops blaring K-Pop, propaganda across border

SEOUL — South Korea’s Defense Ministry halted propaganda broadcasts across its heavily guarded border with North Korea, a move it said was a show of good faith to Pyongyang ahead of an inter-Korean summit later this week.

A Defense Ministry spokesman said Monday that broadcasts were halted at midnight local time. The broadcasts, which blare across the border via high-wattage loudspeakers, include the latest South Korean pop songs, information on South Korea’s higher living standards and criticism of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

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“We hope this decision will contribute towards ending mutual criticism and propaganda activities, and result in creating a mood of peace,” a ministry statement said.

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