[WaPo] South Korea approves plan for new Christmas tree to annoy North Korea

December 6, 2014

 

IN THIS PHOTO TAKEN ON TUESDAY, DEC. 21, 2010, A giant steel Christmas tree is lit at the western mountain peak known as Aegibong in Gimpo, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

IN THIS PHOTO TAKEN ON TUESDAY, DEC. 21, 2010, A giant steel Christmas tree is lit at the western mountain peak known as Aegibong in Gimpo, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

[THE WASHINGTON POST] —  It’s Christmas time, and North Korea will soon get a holiday greeting. South Korea has approved a plan from a Christian activist group to set up an illuminated Christmas tree along the border of its northern neighbor on Dec. 23, the Associated Press reports.

For two weeks, the 30-foot-tall tree is supposed to send a message of peace — but it will almost certainly prompt anger instead.

Until recently, a 65-foot-tall tower that was first set up in 1971 and later converted to resemble a Christmas tree was visible to North Koreans living close to the border. The tower was repeatedly condemned by the North, who called it a “provocative display of psychological warfare,” according to the Guardian. [READ MORE]

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