Japan to Disclose Radio Sounds as Proof of Radar Lock-On

Politics

Tokyo, Jan. 19 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Defense Ministry plans to release radio signal sounds as a new proof to back up its claim that a South Korean destroyer directed its fire-control radar at a Japanese patrol plane last month, senior ministry officials said Saturday.

The move is aimed at highlighting the legitimacy of its claim to the international community.

The ministry is considering releasing the data as early as the beginning of next week, according to the officials.

On the Dec. 20 radar lock-on incident, the South Korean side explained that radar was used to search for a North Korean ship that had been wrecked, saying that Japan mistook it as a fire-control radar.

According to the ministry, in Hawaii on Saturday morning Japan time, Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya told reporters, "We have to provide proper explanations at some point in order to prevent any misunderstanding among the public or in the international community."

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