Japan Claims S. Korea Used Fire-Control Radar Multiple Times

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Tokyo, Dec. 25 (Jiji Press)--In a fresh counterargument to South Korea, Japan's Defense Ministry claimed Tuesday to have confirmed that a Japanese patrol plane was exposed recently to a South Korean warship's fire-control radar "multiple times."

Each of the radar exposures continued for a "certain length of time" during the incident in the Sea of Japan off the Noto Peninsula in central Japan on Thursday, the Japanese ministry also said in a statement.

The statement was issued a day after South Korean defense officials insisted at a press conference that the Gwanggaeto-daewang-class destroyer of the South Korean navy did not direct the weapons radar, but an optical camera installed next to the radar equipment, toward the P-1 patrol plane of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force.

While the use of the camera automatically activates the radar system, no radio wave was emitted at that time, the officials added.

Earlier, the South Korean side had admitted the use of the fire-control radar, albeit for a different purpose from tracking the Japanese plane.

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