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Seoul-Washington alliance vital to tackle NK missiles: Saenuri

All News 11:04 July 21, 2016

SEOUL, July 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's ruling Saenuri Party said Thursday that the alliance between Seoul and Washington is vital to stop Pyongyang's missile provocations, adding that the opposition parties should also support the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system here.

"Those protesting the most against the deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) is North Korea's Kim Jong-un regime," Chung Jin-suk, the party whip said. "That proves the deployment is essential for South Korea."

Earlier this month, South Korea and the United States decided to deploy the defense system in the country amid the continuing nuclear and missile provocations from Pyongyang.

The move, however, has been opposed by the opposition blocs, which claim that it will make neighboring Beijing and Moscow uncomfortable.

Chung added the main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea, which has been reluctant to give an official stance on the issue, should voice support for THAAD because the deployment is in the best interest of the country.

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