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South Korea will allow Christian groups to light two more Christmas tree-shaped towers near its tense border with North Korea despite strong opposition from Pyongyang.

Last year the Seoul government allowed a Christian group to light a massive steel Christmas tree near the border for the first time in seven years as tensions flared in the wake of two deadly attacks blamed on the North.

That tree will be lit again this month, while South Korea has also decided to allow other Christian groups to erect two more illuminated Christmas trees visible across the border. A North Korean state-run website said lighting up the first tree was a form of "psychological warfare". AP