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S. Korea church to shed some Christmas light on North

Published on Dec 20, 2012 1:30 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - A South Korean church plans to display Christmas lights near the border with North Korea, military officials said on Thursday, despite concerns about a violent response from Pyongyang.

A Presbyterian church in Seoul will set up the giant display on a tree-shaped steel tower near the heavily-fortified border, the defence ministry said.

The Christmas lights on a military-controlled hill in Gimpo west of Seoul will be switched on for 12 days from Dec 22, it said.

Last month a different church group shelved its plans for a similar display after local residents voiced fears that Pyongyang might shell the illuminations.

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