Isolated North Korea has restarted coded radio broadcasts, presumed to be targeted at its spies, for the first time in 16 years last month, South Korea said on Wednesday.
"(North Korean) numbers broadcasts have been on hold for quite some time but have recently resumed, something we think is very regrettable," Jeong Joon-hee, a spokesman for South Korea's unification ministry, told a media briefing on Wednesday.
South Korea's station is known as "V-24" to amateur radio enthusiasts who have tracked the source of the signal to a location somewhere south of the Demilitarised Zone separating the two Koreas, and has been known to begin with a scratchy rendition of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No 8.
Korean Numbers Station Enigma Code : V24 Mode : AM
Schedule; ** Broadcasting of about 8 minutes 1300-1308, 1330-1338, 1400-1408, 1430-1438, 1500-1508, 1530-1538 Frequency: 4900, 5290, 5715, 5900, 6215, 6310 kHz (irregularly)