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Ruling party asks Lee gov't to withhold signing of military pact with Japan
By Kim Eun-jung
SEOUL, June 29 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's ruling party asked the government Friday to withhold the planned signing of an unprecedented military pact with Japan to allow the parliament to review the politically sensitive issue, criticizing the government's hasty handling of the matter.

Rep. Lee Hahn-koo, the floor leader of the ruling Saenuri Party, called Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan earlier in the day to ask for deferment of the signing scheduled for 4 p.m., the party's chief policymaker Jin Young said.