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Targeting North Korea with a giant cross

SEOUL (AsiaNews): A Christmas tree on Aegibong Peak on the South Korean side of the demilitarised zone that separates the Republic of Korea in the south from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the north, is to be topped with a brilliantly lit crucifix that will be clearly visible from the north.

After a seven year layoff in the practice, the government in Seoul has given permission to a group of Christians to build a new tree just three kilometres from its border with the hermit state to the north.

A government source said that the Ministry of National Defence has accepted the request, because the tree represents well the spirit of the holidays. The lights are to be turned on between December 18 and 31.

It should be visible to most of the local population immediately across the border.

Seoul had previously banned the illumination of the tree for fear that it may be interpreted as provocation by Pyongyang.

However, after several provocations from Pyongyang’s military this year, the Blue House in Seoul has given the go ahead. 

However, the Rodono Shinmun of the North Korean Workers’ Party has attacked the decision, editorialising, “The puppet military authorities are clamouring to light the Aegibong Christmas tree. Their anti-Republic psychological warfare is now at full tilt.”

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