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South Korea’s Secret Weapon: K-Pop


In response to North Korea’s most recent nuclear bomb test, which it claimed was a hydrogen bomb, South Korea amped up propaganda broadcasts aimed at the North. Aside from speech designed to make North Korean soldiers doubt their regime, South Korea is blasting it’s own genre of music, k-pop. The music, popular in the South, but banned in the North, includes such groups as girl band Apink and boy band Big Bang. South Korean military claim the broadcasts from 11 sites along the border can be heard as far as 10 km (6.2 miles) into the North during the day, and up to 24 km (15 miles) across at night. The people of North Korea are only allowed to listen to government-controlled radio and television stations, though defectors have reported that South Korean popular music is frequently smuggled in on USB sticks and DVDs.

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