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Japan, ROK remain at odds over alleged use of fire-control radar

  • January 15, 2019
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All papers reported that Japanese defense officials met with their South Korean counterparts in Singapore on Monday to discuss the incident last month in which an ROK destroyer allegedly illuminated a Japanese patrol plane with its fire-control radar over the Sea of Japan. According to the papers, which cited the incident as fact, the Korean participants reportedly continued to dismiss Japan’s allegation and the Japanese side apparently did not present radio records to support its claim. Asahi wrote that according to a source on Japan-ROK relations, the two governments chose to hold the meeting in Singapore so as to avoid giving the impression that one side made a concession in hosting it. Mainichi and Asahi cited the results of a public opinion poll in South Korea pointing to dissatisfaction with the “weak” stance taken by the Moon administration over the radar dispute, conjecturing that Seoul may be reluctant to acknowledge Japan’s claim in view of the poll results. 

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