Tokyo Rebuts Seoul's Contention over Radar Locking

Politics

Tokyo, Dec. 22 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Defense Ministry officially rebutted on Saturday Seoul's denial of a South Korean military ship's use of its weapons-control radar against a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force surveillance plane, condemning the radar lock-on as a "very dangerous" act.

In a statement, the ministry said it confirmed that the South Korean destroyer locked its arms-control radar on the MSDF aircraft after analyzing data collected by the surveillance plane carefully and precisely.

On Friday, Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said the incident occurred in the Sea of Japan off the Noto Peninsula around 3 p.m. Thursday (6 a.m. GMT). Later the same day, a South Korean defense ministry spokesman denied that the naval ship used the lock-on system against the Japanese aircraft.

South Korean newspapers, citing military sources, reported that the ship in question used the arms-control radar while searching for a North Korean fishing boat in distress.

But the Japanese ministry pointed out in the statement that a weapons-control radar is not suitable for a wide-area search because it is designed to accurately measure the position of an attack target.

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