Japan, S. Korea Remain Divided over Radar Lock-On

Politics

Seoul, Jan. 15 (Jiji Press)--Japan and South Korea have failed to narrow their differences over an incident last month in which a South Korean warship allegedly directed a fire-control radar at a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol plane.

Working-level defense officials from the two countries discussed the issue in Singapore on Monday, according to the South Korean Ministry of National Defense.

"The two sides were unable to bridge their gap over the incident," a senior Japanese Defense Ministry official said.

The working-level officials met at the South Korean embassy in the Southeast Asian country in the morning and at the Japanese embassy in the afternoon.

Japan has claimed that the South Korean navy's Gwanggaeto-daewang class destroyer locked a fire-control radar on the P-1 patrol plane of the MSDF in the Japanese exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan on Dec. 20. But the South Korean side has rejected the claim.

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