Kim Jong Un is upset by loudspeakers.....
A war between North and South Korea 'could go nuclear,' experts warn
Kim Jong-un has ordered North Korea's troops to be on a war footing as tensions with South Korea escalate following an exchange of shells - follow the latest updates
These are the loudspeakers which are at the centre of the bitter row between North and South Korea which today risks escalating to a state of war. They were installed by South Korean authorities at an unidentified site on the western frontline bordering North Korea. They have been blaring out propaganda since August 11.
"Business as usual" for British man based in Pyongyang as North Korea threatens war
"The situation has been on the news here this evening and everybody knows about it, but I can't say that anyone is acting any differently", a British national who is presently in Pyongyang told The Telegraph's Julian Ryall.
"I was at a schoolboy football match this afternoon between a North Korean team and a South Korean team and there did not seem to be any sort of tension in the 20,000-strong crowd," he said.
"Nobody that I have encountered appears to be acting with any added sense of urgency and it does appear to be business as usual", he added. "We have to bear in mind that tensions between the North and South are not uncommon, although this situation does appear to be a bit more serious".
Korean Central News Agency says it has mobilised troops who are "ready to attack" South Korea.
It said in a statement: "The Korean People's Army (KPA) front-line large combined units entered into a wartime state all at once, fully armed to launch surprise operations, and wound up their preparedness for action.""
The United Nations has spoken of its "serious concern" about North Korea in a statement released this afternoon. US State Department spokeswoman Katrina Adams said:
The United States remains steadfast in its commitments to the defense and its allies, and we will continue to coordinate closely with the ROK (Republic of Korea).
If North Korea launches fresh provocation, it will face "searing" consequences, Han Minkoo, South Korean defence minister has said.
AP report that he said: "This time, we'll cut off a vicious circle of North Korean provocation."
Mr Han said his country was working with the US to deter any further aggression by North Korea after describing the shelling earlier as "mean criminal acts that reveal the bellicosity" of North Korea.
North Korea v South Korea: What we know so far
1 Last night South Korea was told to stop playing propaganda through loudspeakers
2 South Korea refused, prompting threats of an artillery strike from North Korea
3 South Korea reacted by firing around 30 rounds across the border
4 On Friday morning North Korea threatened to reduce Seoul to a "sea of fire" and has mobilied forces at the border
5 Kim Jong-un has threatened open warfare if Seoul does not back down by 5pm local time on Saturday
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