South Korea has decided to dismantle many of speakers used to blast propaganda and K-pop across the DMZ. This was one of many psyop missions to attempt to influence soldiers and civilians from North Korea. Historically, these speakers have also been a profound source of irritation for the North Koreans, even prompting an exchange of artillery and rocket fire in 2015 (this conflict was directly attributed to the loudspeakers by Kim Jong Un).

Taking down the speakers comes after peace talks between South and North Korea have recently taken an unexpectedly positive turn. Both countries have agreed to cease any and all hostile actions toward each other — that includes aggressive psychological and propaganda operations.

Why is this important?

The peace talks between DPRK Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in were historic, and much of the world has high hopes for successful negotiations toward peace in the coming months. However, peace from the mouths of politicians does not always result in the future that has been promised. Agendas change, new factors come into play, unforeseen forces are at work behind the curtain — more often than not, it seems like it’s just a matter of time until politicians’ highfalutin pledges become disappointments.