Japan Posts Radar Sounds as Lock-On Evidence, To End Talks

Politics

Tokyo, Jan. 21 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Defense Ministry disclosed Monday sounds of radar waves as new evidence to support its claims over fire-control radar directed at a Japanese patrol plane by a South Korean warship a month ago.

The sounds were recorded by the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force plane when the radar-locking incident occurred on Dec. 20 in the Japanese exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan.

Also releasing its "final statement" on the incident, the ministry expressed intention to terminate talks on the incident with its South Korean counterpart, saying that "it has become difficult to hold consultations with the ROK (Republic of Korea)" due to Seoul's refusal "to conduct an objective and neutral determination of facts based on the principle of reciprocity."

"We hope that this announcement will lead to the prevention of similar incidents in the future, and we will continue to make sincere efforts toward continuous Japan-ROK and Japan-ROK-U.S defense cooperation," the statement also said.

The South Korean side looks certain to react harshly to the Japanese decision, sources familiar with the situation said.

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