S. Korea Makes Sure North's Soldiers Hear About Defection

Military blasts the news over loudspeakers at the border
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2017 11:10 AM CST
South Korea Blasts Defector News Over Loudspeakers
North Korean soldiers at the DMZ.   (Jung Yeon-Je/Pool Photo via AP)

South Korea is making sure that North Korean soldiers at the border hear all about the defection of their fellow soldier. The South has been broadcasting news of the defection over loudspeakers installed near the DMZ, reports the Yonhap News Agency. On Sunday, for example, the loudspeakers spread the news about the soldier's lousy nutrition—doctors reported finding large worms inside him. The apparent goal of the low-tech propaganda is to encourage other soldiers to follow suit.

"The news about an elite soldier like a JSA guard having fled in a hail of bullets will have a significant psychological impact on North Korean border guards," a South Korean military spokesman tells the Chosun Ilbo newspaper, per Business Insider. The defector, identified only as a 24-year-old named Oh, continues to recuperate after being shot at least five times during his escape. One thing known about him: He likes the show CSI. (More North Korea stories.)

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