S. Korea Claims Japan Patrol Plane Made Threatening Flight Again


Seoul, Jan. 23 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese patrol plane again made a threatening flight near a South Korean naval ship on Wednesday afternoon, in the East China Sea, the South Korean Ministry of National Defense said.

The incident happened around 2:03 p.m. (5:03 a.m. GMT) near a reef in the sea located south of Jeju Island, the ministry announced at an extraordinary press conference.

South Korea regards the low-altitude flight as an obvious act of provocation, the ministry said.

Japan and South Korea are at odds over a recent incident in which a South Korean destroyer allegedly directed its fire-control radar at a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol plane in the Sea of Japan.

Over the incident on Dec. 20, South Korea said Tuesday that a low-altitude threatening flight by the Japanese plane should be blamed and demanded that Japan prevent any recurrence of such flights.

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