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Ruling, opposition parties to hold parliamentary question session on THAAD

All News 14:25 July 14, 2016

SEOUL, July 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's ruling and opposition parties on Thursday agreed to hold a parliamentary session to ask policymakers about the planned deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system in the country.

Under the agreement, the National Assembly will request key governmental officials, including Defense Minister Han Min-koo, to attend a plenary session to respond to lawmakers' questions on the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, sources said.

South Korea and the United States agreed to station the THAAD system in the country last week to better respond to Pyongyang's on-going nuclear development and missile provocations. The session is planned for Tuesday and Wednesday.

While the ruling Saenuri Party supports the deployment, the minor People's Party has been claiming the plan should first win the National Assembly's approval. The main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea currently remains neutral about the plan, although some of its lawmakers voiced their discontent.

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