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02 May, 2018

North Korea, South Korea align time zones, take down propaganda speakers in DMZ

Both North Korea and South Korea began taking down loudspeakers that blasted propaganda at one another along the demilitarized zone on Tuesday, according to the South Korean Defense Ministry.

The removal of the speakers is part of the Korean Peninsula's steps toward reconciliation following the historic summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae In last week.

According to the BBC, Seoul's speakers went up in the 1960s and have played everything from news reports to K-Pop music in hopes of making North Korean soldiers doubt the legitimacy of their leadership.

It's unclear how many speakers either country had in use by the time they decided to silence them late last month. South Korea has also urged private companies to stop sending leaflets to the North, to avoid jeopardizing the building inter-Korean talks.

North Korea will also be shifting its time zone by 30 minutes to align with South Korean time starting May 5, 2018. This move, according to North Korean state media, is "a first practical step for national reconciliation and unity."

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