Updated: January 8, 2016 2:36:52 pm
Two days after North Korea reportedly tested its fourth nuclear missile, South Korea has ramped up its anti-North propaganda by blasting K-pop music at full blast from across the border.
Performers on the propaganda playlist Seoul began blasting across the border Friday include a female K-pop band that rose to fame when its members fell multiple times on stage, and a middle-aged singer who rose from obscurity last year with a song about living for 100 years. The broadcasts are in retaliation for the North’s nuclear test Wednesday.
Here are the highlights:
2:00 pm: Now North Korea has started loudspeaker broadcasts against the South on their shared border, the South’s Yonhap News Agency said on Friday, an apparent countermeasure against Seoul’s propaganda loudspeaker campaign.
1:30 pm: South Koreans are divided over the resumption of propaganda broadcasts across the border into North Korea in response to Pyongyang’s nuclear test.
12:18 pm: Analysis of seismic waves created by North Korea’s fourth nuclear test on Wednesday shows they were almost identical to those generated in its last test, according to an analyst, undermining its claim to have tested a hydrogen bomb.
12:15 pm: Hammond continued, “we have to be bigger than the North Koreans. … We know responding in this way is simply rising to the bait North Korea is presenting to us.”
12:00 pm: Hammond said on a visit to Japan on Friday that he understands why South Korea feels the need to respond to North Korea’s nuclear test earlier this week.
11:55 am: British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond is asking South Korea to refrain from resuming propaganda broadcasts across the border into North Korea.
11:40 am: Aucoin spoke aboard the USS Ronald Reagan at the Yokosuka naval base.
11:30 am: He says, “We want them to abandon any nuclear activities and comply with the international commitments and obligations. Until they do that they’re not going to achieve prosperity, they’re not going to achieve the security they desire. They’re going to live in isolation.”
11:15 am: Aucoin told reporters Friday morning that the Navy has ships in the area and is monitoring very closely, and added that he could not be more specific.
11:10 am: U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, commander of the 7th Fleet based in Yokosuka, Japan, says the Navy is watching North Korea closely after the country conducted its fourth nuclear test.
11:00 am: The U.N. Security Council that has pledged new sanctions against North Korea after its purported hydrogen bomb test on Wednesday. China has a pivotal position as it is a permanent council member and the North’s main trading partner.
10:15 am: “Now China had a particular approach that it wanted to make and we agreed and respected to give them the space to be able to implement that, but today in my conversation with the Chinese I made it very clear, that has not worked and we cannot continue business as usual,” Kerry said.
10:10 am: Kerry told reporters in Washington that he spoke by phone Thursday with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. He said that China’s approach to North Korea had failed.
10:00 am: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has urged China to end “business as usual” with North Korea after its nuclear test.
(with AP inputs)
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