North Korea is amping up tensions in the region after apparently firing artillery at South Korean loudspeakers that are blaring criticism of Kim Jong Un’s regime over the border.

Kim, the supreme commander of the North Korean military, has ordered front-line units along the heavily fortified frontier to move to a war footing, state media reported.

His nuclear-armed regime, known for being both thin-skinned and fond of saber-rattling, has warned South Korea it faces military action if it doesn’t turn off the propaganda loudspeakers by Saturday evening.

The South Korean government, a key U.S. ally, is so far showing no signs of backing down.

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