N.Korea removes loudspeakers from border, suspends military action against S. Korea

Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Democratic People's Republic of Korea

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) was seen removing loudspeakers set up from Sunday afternoon in the border areas with South Korea, multiple local media reported Wednesday.

An unnamed government source was quoted as saying that DPRK officials were seen Wednesday morning removing the loudspeakers that had been redeployed since Sunday afternoon in the the eastern inter-Korean border area.

The two Koreas removed propaganda loudspeakers from frontline areas after South Korean President Moon Jae-in and top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un agreed to the removal during their first summit in April 2018 at the border village of Panmunjom.

Meanwhile, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has decided to suspend military action plans against South Korea, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Wednesday.

The KCNA reported that the country’s top leader Kim Jong Un presided over a preliminary meeting for the fifth meeting of the Seventh Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) through a video conference on Tuesday and made the decision.

“At the preliminary meeting, the WPK Central Military Commission took stock of the prevailing situation and suspended the military action plans against the South brought for the fifth meeting of the Seventh Central Military Commission by the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army,” the report said.

“The meeting examined agenda items of major military policy to be laid before the fifth meeting of the Seventh WPK Central Military Commission, and made a study of a report and decisions, which will be submitted to the fifth meeting, and some documents carrying the state measures for further bolstering the war deterrent of the country,” it said.

A week ago, the army announced a detailed military action plans in protest against the South Korean authorities for failing to stop “defectors” from sending anti-Pyongyang leaflets to the North.

The leaflets fuelled tensions between the neighbouring countries with the DPRK cutting off all communication lines with South Korea and demolishing the inter-Korean joint liaison office building at the DPRK’s border town of Kaesong.

Among the action plans proposed by the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army included redeployment of troops to the Mount Kumgang tourist area and the Kaesong Industrial Zone, and security guarantee for the people to distribute propaganda leaflets to the South in the border areas.

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