South Korea Christmas tree lit, guarded against possible attack from North Korea (Photo)

By on Dec 22, 2010 in Asia Comments

After seven years, South Korea lit up again a giant Christmas tree on top of a hill near the border of North Korea on Tuesday, but is currently being guarded against possible attack by North Korea.

As described at Yonhap News in Korea, the 30-meter (100 feet) giant Christmas tree was formed at the Aegibong peak steel tower with about 100,000 colorful light bulbs, and can be seen from North Korea since it was near the border of the two nations.

According to the report, the lighting ceremony was organized by a Christian group from Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul and was attended by around 400 people, while church choir sang Gospel songs as shown here in the photo.

The tradition of Christmas tree lighting in South Korea was last done in 2003 after a reconciliation agreement with North Korea to end border propaganda activity, which means the recent lighting is being noted to start another tension.

Nevertheless, South Korea Defense Minister Kim Kwan apparently ensured local lawmakers that the Christmas tree tower will be strictly guarded against possible attack from North Korea.

“Marines are maintaining a readiness to respond at any time in case of enemy provocations and ensure the safety of those attending the lighting ceremony.” Kim revealed during a National Assembly defense committee on Tuesday.

“We’ll retaliate decisively to take out the source of any shelling,” the Defense minister added.

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