N Korea to fire at any S Korea border loudspeakers

North Korea`s military said it would open fire at South Korean loudspeakers.

Updated: May 24, 2010, 14:31 PM IST

Seoul: North Korea`s military said on Monday it would open fire at any South Korean loudspeakers broadcasting propaganda across the border if Seoul follows through on its pledge to install them.

South Korea’s Defence Minister Kim Tae-Young said the broadcasts, suspended since 2004, would be resumed in response to the North`s sinking of a South Korean warship in March.

It was part of a package of measures announced by Seoul after an official investigation concluded last week that the North had sunk the ship with a torpedo on March 26.

The North has denied involvement in the sinking which cost 46 lives and threatened "all-out war" in response to any punitive measures.

Its military said in a statement that propaganda slogans had already appeared on the South`s side of the border, and the South`s military was moving to set up the loudspeakers.

In a statement on Pyongyang`s official news agency, the North`s military called the alleged actions a "serious military provocation".

"If (South Korea) sets up new tools for psychological warfare such as loudspeakers and leaves slogans for psychological warfare intact, ignoring our demands, we will directly aim and open fire to destroy them," the statement said.