13 May 2017

News Story: Residents welcome S.Korean ruling party's push for THAAD parliamentary hearing

SEOUL, May 12 (Xinhua) -- Residents living near a site, where the previous South Korean government had sought to deploy the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system, hailed the ruling Minjoo Party's push for the parliamentary hearing and ratification on THAAD.

"We welcome the party's push for a parliamentary hearing. We demanded the Minjoo Party's such activity to stop the THAAD installation even before the presidential election," Park Soo-kyu, a Seongju resident, said via phone on Friday.

Earlier in the day, three lawmakers of the Minjoo Party's special committee on THAAD told a press conference in the National Assembly building that they will proceed with the hearings to resolve suspicions over the legitimacy, the illegal transportation and the cost payment surrounding the U.S. missile shield installation.

The lawmakers indicated a separate push for a parliamentary ratification on THAAD, which President Moon Jae-in repeatedly mentioned the need for on his campaign trail.

"Soseong-ri villagers and those who are fighting against THAAD in Seongju together with residents welcome the election of President Moon Jae-in and are watching the new government's moves with expectations," the resident said.

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