Japan rebukes South Korea for ‘extremely dangerous’ weapons radar lock on military plane

  • Tokyo has lodged a strong protest with Seoul
PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 December, 2018, 9:47pm
UPDATED : Friday, 21 December, 2018, 9:47pm

Japan rebuked South Korea on Friday after claiming one of the country’s warships had locked its weapons targeting system onto a Japanese military aircraft.

South Korea’s KDX-1 class destroyer locked its fire control radar on a Japanese P-1 patrol plane on Thursday off Noto peninsula in the Sea of Japan that divides the two countries, Tokyo’s defence ministry said.

“It was an extremely dangerous act,” Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya told reporters. “Considering the significance of this case, our country today conveyed a strong protest to South Korea.”

It was an extremely dangerous act
Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya

Ties between Japan and South Korea – both allies of the United States – have remained icy for decades due to the legacy of Japan’s brutal 1910-45 colonial rule of the Korean peninsula.

Both countries have frequently locked horns over islets in the sea controlled by Seoul but also claimed by Tokyo.

Japan cancelled plans to join an international naval fleet review in South Korea in October after Seoul demanded the removal of a controversial naval flag hoisted by a Japanese vessel.

Two years ago, Tokyo and Beijing were at loggerheads over accusations Japanese warplanes locked their fire control radar onto Chinese aircraft.