South Koreans calm despite North Korean threat

August 21, 2015

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Most South Koreans are calm ahead of a Saturday afternoon deadline set by the rival North Korea, which is threatening with war unless Seoul dismantles loudspeakers broadcasting anti-North Korean propaganda along their border.

Officials say weekend traffic at South Korean highways is close to normal, and border town residents remain at home after returning from shelters during cross-border artillery fire on Thursday.

North Korea also permitted more than 240 South Koreans to enter a jointly-run industrial complex at its border city of Kaesong on Saturday.

South Korea on Thursday fired dozens of artillery rounds across the border, saying North Korea had fired first to back up a threat to attack the loudspeakers.