10/6/11 (AEIN) North Korea's official news agency harshly condemned on Wednesday an aggressive new propaganda broadcasting campaign launched by the South Korean government. The statement warned of possible consequences if the campaign does not come to an end.
The Pyongyang-based news agency accused the South of violating an international telecommunications treaty by transmitting propaganda on radio and television frequencies normally used by the North for domestic broadcasting. It did not provide details on what areas the broadcasts had reached or if they had overpowered local stations.
The statement went on to warn that continuation of the cross-border propaganda campaign would lead to "merciless punishment" for the South and bring relations between the two halves of Korea to the "worst phase." A government communications agency issued a similar warning to the South during the weekend.
North and South Korea agreed to end cross-border propaganda in 2004, but the South restarted such broadcasts after accusing the North of sinking the Cheonan warship. The South's Yonhap news agency reported in late September that South Korea had reinforced its military defenses along the border in case of retaliation.