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S. Korea completes installation of propaganda speakers: official

SEOUL, June 9 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Wednesday completed the installation of loudspeakers along the border with North Korea, although it was not yet decided when to resume anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts, a military official said.

   The military has been setting up the instruments again since late May as part of the government's punitive measures against North Korea for sinking a South Korean warship in March.

   "Work to set up loudspeakers in 11 frontline areas was completed today, and it has yet to be decided whether to install more and when to resume propaganda broadcasts," the official, asking for anonymity, said.

   No particular movements were detected at North Korean guard posts near the places where the speakers were set up, the official added.
Tensions have mounted along the heavily fortified Korean border after a team of multinational investigators concluded that the South Korean warship Cheonan was sunk in a North Korean torpedo attack on March 26. The deadly attack left 46 South Korean sailors dead.

   North Korea, denying any role in the sinking, has threatened to strike down the loudspeakers if Seoul goes forward with the broadcasts.

   South Korea also brought the Cheonan case to the U.N. Security Council seeking an international rebuke of the communist country.
The two Koreas stopped decades of propaganda warfare in 2004 as their relations thawed following the first summit of their leaders in 2000.