Lawmaking with pepper: Tear gas vs. US deal (VIDEO)

A South Korean opposition MP has reportedly used tear gas powder against the parliament’s deputy speaker in a bid to block ratification of a key trade deal with the US.

Video footage from Yonhap showed Kim Sung-dong throwing a powder substance towards Chung Eui-hwa. The latter was seen wiping his eyes after the incident, while other lawmakers covered their mouths with handkerchiefs.

Security guards ushered Kim out of the chamber as he shouted in disgust.

The trade deal between South Korea and the United States was ratified with 151 votes in favor and seven  against.