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    In this photo provided by U.S. Forces Korea, trucks carrying U.S. missile launchers and other equipment needed to set up the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system arrive at the Osan air base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Monday, March 6, 2017.

    S Korean Opposition Slams Gov't Over 'Unilateral' Decision to Deploy THAAD

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    South Korean opposition parties on Tuesday criticized the government’s "unilateral" decision to install the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system on the territory of the country.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The United States has reportedly started the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile system in South Korea. The country's defense ministry was quoted as saying that parts of the system were delivered on Monday to the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, 43 miles south of Seoul.

    "[The government] has completely disregarded public calls and demands from political circles with regard to the THAAD deployment," spokesman for the Democratic Party Youn Kwan-suk was quoted as saying by the Yonhap News Agency.

    The government made a decision unilaterally and did not get the public approval, he said.

    "From the clandestine push for the deployment to the process of making the final decision on the installation, the government has unilaterally pressed ahead with it without any consultations with citizens," Youn added.

    The People’s Party also condemned the THAAD installation, saying the move must be approved by the parliament.

    Seoul and Washington agreed to deploy the THAAD system, designed to intercept short, medium and intermediate ballistic missiles at the terminal incoming stage, in July 2016, amid South Korea's growing unease about Pyongyang's nuclear program.

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