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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on December 12th, 2011 at 3:41 am

Christmas Trees Cause Controversy On Korean DMZ

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The Christmas Tree controversy from last year has grown to become an even bigger issue this year:

South Korea will allow Christians to light two more Christmas tree-shaped towers near the tense border with North Korea despite strong opposition from Pyongyang, an official said Sunday.

The South Korean government allowed a Christian group to light a massive steel Christmas tree near the border last year for the first time in seven years as tensions flared in the wake of two deadly attacks blamed on the North.

That tree will be lit again this month, while South Korea has also decided to allow other Christian groups to light two other front-line Christmas trees, a Defense Ministry official said.

The decision is meant to help guarantee freedom of expression and religion, the official said on condition of anonymity, citing office policy.

Earlier on Sunday, North Korea’s state-run Uriminzokkiri website said that lighting the first tree was a form of psychological warfare and would trigger an “unexpected consequence.”

South Korea’s military will bolster security near the three trees, located on the western, central and eastern portions of the border, the Defense Ministry official said. The trees will stay lit for 15 days starting Dec. 23.  [Associated Press]

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  • Teadrinker
    7:17 am on December 12th, 2011 1

    A steel Christmas tree?

    This is what they need to set up.


  • someotherguy
    6:26 pm on December 12th, 2011 2

    They need to make it 900+ feet tall with disco-balls for ornaments and layzer beams, lots and lots of layzer beams. Maybe a bunch of speakers blaring really bad modern christmas music.

  • Conway Eastwood
    7:09 am on December 13th, 2011 3

    Better yet, South Korean adaptations of American Christmas music.

  • Douglas
    2:55 am on January 7th, 2012 4

    I remember seeing these sort of trees back in December 1993. They were really beautiful, looking down from our hilltop into the blackness of the DMZ. You have to wonder that they are just one more expression of the stark difference between North and South.


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