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    South Koreans Throw Bottles at Prime Minister in Protest Over THAAD

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    Residents of South Korea’s Seongju threw bottles at Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn on Friday in protest over Seoul stationing the US THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) system in the city, local media reported.

    Two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptors are launched during a successful intercept test.
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to the Yonhap news agency, Hwang visited in order to ease the population’s concerns over the deployment of the systems. Protesters in turn threw bottles and eggs at him.

    "I would like to apologize for making the decision without prior notice," Hwang said as quoted by the media outlet, promising that the government would seek to alleviate the people’s concerns.

    Last week, the South Korean government South Korea and the United States announced they agreed to deploy the THAAD system with the US military stationed in South Korea to counter North Korea's missile threat. The THAAD system is designed to intercept short, medium and intermediate ballistic missiles at the terminal incoming stage.

    Thousands rallied against the decision last week.


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