Japan Ratchets up Rhetoric Over Maritime Radar Incident

  • By Yu Yong-weon

    December 26, 2018 12:58

    Japanese Defense Ministry in a statement on Tuesday insisted that a Korean Navy destroyer deliberately pointed a fire-control radar at a nearby Japanese spy plane as it was rescuing a North Korean fishing boat.

    Tokyo said the Korean destroyer "aimed its radar several times at the Maritime Self-Defense Force P-1 patrol plane" and denied Seoul's claim that the aircraft had been performing unusual maneuvers such as flying directly over the destroyer.

    On Monday, Ahn Sang-min of the Joint Chiefs of Staff here had told reporters, "Let me clearly state that the Navy did not operate its fire-control radar with the purpose of tracking the Japanese patrol plane" but was searching for the North Korean boat, which had sent a distress signal.

    The Navy quizzed the captain and crew of the destroyer several times and confirmed that they never activated the fire-control radar. "If the radar had been activated, traces of its transmission should have remained in the electronic warfare equipment of the destroyer, but none were found."

    The ministry did not respond to Japan's latest claim.

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