Déjà vu all over again: Christmas tree edition

In 2010 a South Korean church lit a Christmas Tree on a hill overlooking the Han River and within view of Kaesong, DPRK.

In 2011, the South Koreans planned to do the same.  However, this time around, the death of Kim Jong-il prompted the South Koreans to avoid ruffling the feathers of the DPRK. The tree lighting was canceled.

Now for 2012. With the Kim Jong-un era thoroughly underway, the South Koreans decided that this year they should return to the tradition of lighting a Christmas Tree for their brothers and sisters in the DPRK.  According to the Wall Street Journal, the tree was lit on December 22 (Saturday).

The North Koreans are not happy about this…if we are to judge from their official publications KCNA and Rodong Sinmun. I would normally take the time to link to all KCNA and Rodong Sinmun materials, but since I am behind on blogging, I will just link to this post in the Wall Street Journal article which carries the relevant texts.


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