Japan Urges S. Korea to Prevent Recurrence of Radar Lock-On


Seoul, Dec. 24 (Jiji Press)--A senior Japanese official on Monday expressed strong regret over a recent incident in which a South Korean destroyer directed a fire-control radar at a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol plane and urged Seoul to take measures to prevent a similar case.

Kenji Kanasugi, director-general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, clarified the country's stance at a meeting in Seoul with Kim Yong-kil, director-general of the South Korean Foreign Ministry's Northeast Asian Affairs Bureau.

The South Korean side claimed that Tokyo argued for its position without clearly confirming facts about the incident.

Kanasugi told reporters after the meeting that the two sides confirmed their intentions to continue dialogue between their governments, including defense authorities.

The Kanasugi-Kim meeting was also joined by an official of the South Korean National Defense Ministry and a Japanese defense attache stationed in South Korea.

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