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S Korea PM pelted with eggs over nuclear row

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South Korea’s prime minister was pelted by eggs on Saturday by angry residents in a farming town.

Locals in Seongju were unhappy at a decision to deploy an advanced US missile defense system in their neighborhood.

Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn tried to explain the decision to residents but was cut across by jeers.

Some hurled eggs and water bottles at the prime minister, saying they opposed the weapons system – which they fear may cause health problems.

Security guards were forced to protect the prime minister with umbrellas and bags.

The prime minister was then hurried into a bus which was surrounded by protesters, leaving him stuck on board for six hours.

South Korean officials have dismissed as groundless a belief that the weapons system, called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, emit electromagnetic waves that can cause health problems.

Seongju residents criticized the government for unilaterally deciding on the deployment without consulting them.


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