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South Korea demands Japanese apology over radar incident

Japan accused of 'distorting facts' as Seoul claims plane flew too low

South Korea denies locking fire-control radar on a Japanese P-1 patrol plane and claims it flew too low during a Dec. 20 incident in the Sea of Japan.   © Kyodo

SEOUL -- South Korea's defense ministry demanded an apology from Japan on Wednesday, insisting that a Japanese patrol plane made a "threatening" low-altitude pass near one of its warships during last month's encounter in the Sea of Japan.

The demand escalates the war of words over Tokyo's allegation that the South Korean destroyer locked fire-control radar on the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force P-1 aircraft on Dec. 20. Japan released a video last week purporting to show the incident.

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