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Tokyo breaks off talks with Seoul over radar dispute

Japan's Defense Ministry offers new evidence of radar lock-on

Japan's Ministry of Defense maintains a South Korean destroyer locked firing radar on a Japanese patrol plane, an act that Seoul has denied to date. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

TOKYO -- Japan's Ministry of Defense said Monday that it will discontinue working-level discussions with South Korea over last month's alleged radar lock-on incident on a Japanese patrol plane, citing Seoul's steadfast denial that it carried out the provocative act.

"There is no choice but to conclude that [South Korea] has been repeating claims that by all means differ from [the] truth," the ministry said in a statement released Monday. "Given that [South Korea] refuses to conduct an objective and neutral determination of facts ... the [Ministry of Defense] deems that it has become difficult to continue to hold consultations with [South Korea] regarding this matter."

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