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Japan plane was in South Korean crosshairs for minutes: sources

Officials inside Japanese government suggest incident was not an accident

South Korean destroyer at military drills in the Yellow Sea of South Korea.

TOKYO -- A South Korean destroyer that locked a fire-control radar on a Japanese patrol plane earlier this week did so for several minutes, Japanese government sources said, suggesting that the incident may not have been an accident as Seoul had claimed.

The radar was trained on the aircraft for several minutes, not seconds, and more than once, the sources said. The Defense Ministry issued a statement Saturday criticizing South Korea for the "extremely dangerous" act.

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