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Ruling party to push for parliamentary hearing on THAAD controversy

All Headlines 10:11 June 01, 2017

SEOUL, June 1 (Yonhap) -- The ruling Democratic Party said Thursday it would push for a parliamentary hearing on a controversy over the defense ministry's alleged failure to report to the president the delivery of additional U.S. missile interceptor launchers.

The party's special panel on the issue surrounding the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system said that it plans to ask former National Security Office chief Kim Kwan-jin, Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and other security officials to testify.

On Tuesday, President Moon Jae-in expressed his frustration and ordered a probe into why the delivery of four additional THAAD launchers was not disclosed.

The presidential office said that the defense ministry had intentionally omitted the delivery of additional launchers in a recent briefing to the presidential security office -- a charge denied by Defense Minister Han Min-koo.

Amid the escalating controversy, Moon said that the probe into the THAAD issue was not intended to reverse the deployment agreement between Seoul and Washington but to conduct it with appropriate domestic procedures.

The Moon administration has sought to gain "democratic and procedural legitimacy" of the THAAD deployment, claiming that the former government had failed to take due steps, such as building public consensus over the security policy decision.

Members of the ruling Democratic Party's special panel on the deployment of a U.S. missile defense program hold a press conference at the National Assembly in Seoul on June 1, 2017. (Yonhap)

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