Grinch N. Korea Shakes Fist at South's Christmas Lights

Pyongyang is not happy with Christmas tree-shaped tower on border

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 24, 2012 4:45 PM CST

(Newser) – Dear Whos in Whoville, South Korea can surely feel your pain: It seems that Seoul opted to let Christians light a Christmas tree-shaped tower on the frontline over the weekend. This egregious affront predictably triggered a not-over-the-top-whatsoever response from Mount Crumpit, er, Pyongyang, which is now accusing its southern neighbor of engaging in psychological warfare due to its acute embarrassment earlier this month over the North's staggering victory in managing to get a missile off the ground. Unspecified-but-surely-dire consequences are pending if South Korea doesn't take the tower down; the AP notes that it goes dark Jan. 2.

The offending 100-foot-tall steel Christmas tree tower with about 30,000 light bulbs, is lit by Christian groups in Gimpo, South Korea, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. The North is not happy.   (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Happy South Koreans wearing Santa Claus costumes in Seoul, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. Unspecified consequences for such holiday spirit are pending.   (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Kim Jong Un, right under a portrait of his late father Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012.   (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Kim Jong Un is not happy.   (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
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