North and South Korea have begun dismantling loudspeakers that blared propaganda across their
heavily fortified border, fulfilling a promise made at last week’s historic summit.
The moves are the first practical, if small, steps toward reconciliation after Friday’s meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the North’s Kim Jong Un.
For decades, with only a few breaks, the two sides have pumped out propaganda from huge banks of speakers as a form of psychological warfare.
The South broadcast a mixture of news, Korean pop songs and criticism of the northern regime, while the
North blasted the southern government and praised its own socialist system.
Along the border, South Korea started taking down its loudspeakers this afternoon, a defence official said.
Activity at several spots along the border indicated North Koreans were doing the same, he said.
As a sign of goodwill, the South had stopped its propaganda ahead of the summit, and the North followed suit.
The incremental steps come amid speculation about where Kim will meet Donald Trump, who said their planned summit could take place in three or four weeks.
Trump tweeted Monday that meeting Kim at the Peace House in the demilitarized zone, where Moon met Kim, would be an excellent venue.
"There’s something that I like about it because you’re there, you’re actually there. Where, if things work out, there’s a great celebration to be had on the site, not in a third-party country," Trump later told reporters at the White House.
But a senior U.S. official said Singapore was still high on the list of potential sites.
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