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Giant Christmas tree lit up near North Korea border

Church groups in South Korea have illuminated a giant Christmas tree-shaped tower near the border with North Korea for the first time in two years.

The event has been banned since 2010 by the South Korean government due to concerns it could escalate tensions between the two countries.

The message at the top reads 'peace in the whole world', but a number of local residents are said to fear it will spark retaliation from the North.

Last year, North Korea warned of "unexpected consequences" if the tower was lit.

  • 23 Dec 2012
  • From the section Asia
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