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Ruling-party lawmaker raises THAAD deployment possibility

All News 22:24 January 27, 2016

SEOUL, Jan. 27 (Yonhap) -- A ruling-party lawmaker said Wednesday it is time to start discussing the deployment of the U.S.' advanced defense system THAAD.

The remarks on the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system come amid growing concern over security threats from North Korea's emerging nuclear and missile capabilities.

"It is time to start discussing the deployment of the THAAD on the Korean Peninsula," Rep Chung Doo-un said during a meeting with researchers from the U.S. Brookings Institution.

Chung further said that the THAAD will bring changes from North Korea and the discussion will begin once a parliamentary defense committee opens.

The North said on Jan. 6 it conducted a hydrogen bomb test. The outside world suspects the test may have been a traditional atomic bomb or a boosted fission bomb, but, nonetheless, the test showed the communist country is advancing its nuclear capability.

The U.S. has reportedly been seeking the deployment of the THAAD in South Korea, but Seoul has officially maintained that nothing has been decided, a stance taken to fend off China's protest.

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