In late 2018, Tokyo released footage in a bid confirm its claim that a South Korean warship had allegedly locked its fire-control radar on a Japanese maritime patrol aircraft off the Noto Peninsula on 20 December.
The South Korean Ministry of Defence has posted its own video on YouTube to reject Japan’s allegations over the current military radar-related spat between the two immediate neighbours.
Ministry’s spokeswoman Choi Hyun-soo pointed out that the clip was released in order to “provide accurate facts, after distorted facts have been disseminated to Internet users across the globe through Japan’s clip unilaterally published in Japanese and English”.
“We once again say that Japan must cease actions that warp the facts and apologise for carrying out a low-altitude flight toward our warship that was on a humanitarian rescue operation,” Choi stressed.
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In the video, the ministry reiterated that one of its Gwanggaeto the Great-class destroyers did not target a Japense P-1 Maritime Self-Defence Force’s plane, and that the warship used an optical camera while being on a humanitarian mission to rescue a North Korean boat in distress in international waters of the East Sea.
The ministry also reiterated that the Japanese warplane was flying at low altitude, which it claimed was “threatening” to the South Korean warship.