SEOUL, Sept. 4 (Yonhap) -- The Ministry of Environment has decided to conditionally consent to the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system, removing the last administrative hurdle to its full operation fiercely opposed by local residents and activists, sources said Monday.
The environment ministry is known to have reached the decision after reviewing the result of the defense ministry's environmental impact survey of the site of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province, the sources said.
The environment ministry is set to make a formal announcement Monday afternoon, they added.
The Ministry of National Defense released last month the result of its survey of electromagnetic radiation and noise from THAAD at a former golf course in Seongju, some 300 km southeast of Seoul, amid strong protests from county residents and activists.
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