Making a kilometer blurry
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I'd probably just rub down the spokes with WD-40 and a rag and ride them until they start breaking (which may be a very long time).
Replacing spokes is pretty easy, and does not harm the wheel if the new spoke is brought up to the proper tension. These wheels sound like they may have a broad tension problem anyway, so re-tensioning may be in order, which is a wheel-building skill.
To replace spokes on the drive-side rear, you'll need to remove the freewheel or cassette (the sprockets), which will require special tools. The spoke nipples will also require a spoke wrench. For everything, you're looking at maybe $25 in tools.