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DPRK deploys more fire units to frontlines with ROK

(Xinhua) Updated: 2015-08-21 10:19

SEOUL - The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) forward-deployed more fire units to the frontline areas with the Republic of Korea (ROK) after exchanging fires near the west border, local media reported Friday citing the ROK military.

DPRK forces deployed more fire units south to the frontlines, which had been already packed with major DPRK artilleries such as 240-mm multiple rocket launchers and 170-mm self-propelled howitzers.

The forward deployment came after the ROK and the DPRK traded fires Thursday over the resumption of the propaganda broadcasts.

The ROK resumed blaring the propaganda message with loudspeakers from Aug 10, which the DPRK called a declaration of war.

The resumption came as two ROK soldiers were maimed on Aug 4 following the explosion of landmines, which the ROK claimed had been planted by the DPRK. Pyongyang denied any role in the blast.

The DPRK warned Thursday that the ROK should dismantle the loudspeakers in border areas within 48 hours from 5 pm (0800 GMT) or face military actions conducted by the DPRK.

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