TOKYO, December 2 (Sputnik) – South Korean authorities have granted permission for a 9-meter-tall Christmas tree to be installed on its border with North Korea, South Korean Defense Ministry spokesperson Kim Min-seok said Tuesday to reporters.
According to Japanese news agency Kyodo, it used to symbolize South Korea’s prosperity, and was part of “psychological war” with North Korea. Given the latter’s animosity toward the construction, it is likely that the Christmas tree will provoke a similar reaction.
According to Kyodo, the dismantling of the metal contraption stirred up controversy in South Korea, with President Park Geun-hye reportedly outraged by it.
The Defence Ministry stated that the installation of the tree would “ensure implementation of religious activities.”