S. Korea Unveils Video to Rebut Japan's Radar Lock-On Claim

Politics

Seoul, Jan. 4 (Jiji Press)--South Korea's Ministry of National Defense on Friday released a video to rebut Japan's claim that a South Korean destroyer locked its fire-control radar on a P-1 patrol plane of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force on Dec. 20.

The video release is expected to intensify the confrontation between Seoul and Tokyo over the incident, which occurred over Sea of Japan waters off the Noto Peninsula in central Japan.

In the video, the ministry denied afresh that the South Korean navy's Gwanggaeto-daewang class destroyer directed the fire-control tracking radar at the Japanese patrol plane.

The ministry, meanwhile, claimed that the plane conducted ill-mannered reconnaissance of the South Korean destroyer, which was conducting a humanitarian rescue operation at the time. The plane took a seriously menacing activity against the destroyer, preventing the rescue operation, the video suggested.

At a press conference on Friday, Choi Hyun-soo, a spokeswoman at the ministry, urged Tokyo again to stop distorting facts and apologize for the P-1 plane's flight at a low altitude during the incident.

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