Japan Releases Video of Radar Lock-On by S. Korean Destroyer

Politics

Tokyo, Dec. 28 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Defense Ministry released on Friday a video, which it claims shows that a South Korean destroyer directed a fire-control radar at a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol plane in the Sea of Japan last week.

Japan made the 13-minute footage public as evidence to back up its argument, because the South Korean side has denied the radar lock-on. Tokyo hopes to use the video to make its position known to the international society.

Some parts showing the capabilities of the Self-Defense Forces were deleted from the video, while explanatory notes were added to help viewers better understand what actually happened in the incident.

According to the ministry, the Gwanggaeto-daewang class destroyer of the South Korean navy locked the fire-control radar on the MSDF P-1 patrol plane above waters in the Japanese exclusive economic zone off the Noto Peninsula in central Japan around 3 p.m. on Dec. 20 (6 a.m. GMT).

Japan has lodged a strong protest with South Korea over the incident, saying that the dangerous act could have resulted in a contingency situation.

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