North Korea has resumed broadcasting coded numbers, Friday, in an apparent bid to give directions to its spies abroad.
It broadcast coded numbers - an old-fashioned way of giving orders to agents - following the previous ones on June 24 and July 15.
In the latest broadcast, an announcer at state-controlled Pyongyang Radio read what she described as "a mathematics review assignment for investigative agent No. 27" engaged in a "distance learning" program, following its regular broadcasts after midnight.
"Turn to Page 459, No. 35; Page 913, No. 55; Page 135, No. 86," she said, continuing to cite numbers for 12 minutes.
The series of seemingly random numbers were the same as the ones broadcast July 15, according to the South Korean government.
North Korea resumed such broadcasts after it suspended using shortwave radio in June 2000 to send ciphered messages to its secret agents in South Korea and other countries.
The encrypted message, Friday, comes after North Korea dispatched 10 groups of secret agents in China and Southeast Asian countries, Tuesday.
Their mission is to launch terrorist attacks against South Koreans there in line with leader Kim Jong-un's order. Kim made the order in a retaliatory measure against Seoul for refusing to accept Pyongyang's demand to return 13 North Koreans who defected to South Korea in April while working at a restaurant in China owned by the repressive state.
The Ministry of Unification, which deals with inter-Korean affairs, renewed its protest against the encrypted broadcast.
"We hope North Korea refrain from repeating old and outdated behavior," it said.
Rep. Ha Tae-keung of the ruling Saenuri Party speculated that the North Korean spies overseas may have requested their regime to repeat the same numbers, Friday.
"I don't think it's psychological warfare because there is no point of repeating the same message twice if it were psychological propaganda," he wrote on Facebook. "Our intelligence authorities should get ready in case North Korea bolsters its espionage."
Source : koreatimes.co.kr