North Korea has threatened to shoot out the lights of a giant Christmas tree-shaped tower that South Korea plans to illuminate near the tense border, and has warned South Korea that it faces “unexpected consequences”.

The South Korean defence ministry is reportedly considering a request by a Seoul church group to put up Christmas lights on the steel tower atop a military-controlled hill near the border.

Officials in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, say that switching on the Christmas lights is an act of propaganda because they will be visible with the naked eye from the major northern border city of Kaesong, reports The Daily Mail.

It is thought that North Korea is concerned the lights will be regarded as a sign of the affluence of the South and will weaken the regime’s ideological control of its hungry people.

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