I figure if the North Koreans are looking for an excuse to launch a provocation they will find one regardless of whether there is a Christmas tree on the DMZ or not:
It’s been an annual ritual for South Korea to light a giant Christmas tree near the border with North Korea, but it will remain dark this year as Seoul takes a cautious approach so as not to provoke the communist state undergoing political upheaval.
Ahead of Christmas Day, several South Korean churches asked for the government’s approval to light a Christmas tree on top of a 165-meter hill called Aegibong near the western section of the inter-Korean border, but the defense ministry decided to turn down their request, a senior ministry official said Friday.
The decision comes a day after North Korea has threatened to strike South Korea in anger over a recent Seoul rally condemning North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for his reign of terror. [Yonhap]
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