Japan Protests S. Korea for Disclosing Content of Radar Lock-on Talks

Politics

Tokyo, Jan. 16 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Defense Ministry lodged a protest Wednesday against its South Korean counterpart's unilateral disclosure of the content of their talks on the recent radar lock-on incident involving a Japanese patrol plane and a South Korean naval ship.

The Japanese ministry summoned a military attache at the South Korean embassy in Tokyo and rapped a South Korean defense ministry spokeswoman for revealing words exchanged during the talks in Singapore on Monday against a non-disclosure agreement.

The ministry also complained that the spokeswoman made incorrect remarks about the working-level consultation and demanded that the remarks be withdrawn.

Officials of the ministry in charge of the talks reported those moves at a meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

According to the officials' explanation, one of untrue announcements by the spokeswoman was that Japanese participants in the Singapore talks showed some understanding of the South Korean side's claim that the Japanese plane was flying in a threatening way near the South Korean destroyer.

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