TOKYO – Japan released footage on Friday to prove that a South Korean warship allegedly blocked its fire control radar on a Japanese fighter jet off its northern coast, the latest step in an escalating series between its two Asian neighbors  Just under 13 minutes of Ministry of Defense footage filmed by the P-1 patrol aircraft and posted on its website contained Japanese crew members who called for the destroyer to clarify, but received no response. South Korean destroyer repeatedly blocked the target radar of the Japanese aircraft in the exclusive economic waters of Japan off the Noto Peninsula.
A lock with a fire control radar is considered a hostile act and is only one step away from the actual launch. [1
"South Korean Southship, hull number 971, this is the Japanese Navy, we have detected that your FC antenna is facing us, what is the purpose of your act, over?" A crew member asked the destroyer several times in English three different frequencies, but the destroyer was silent. The voice was slightly tense as the crew forwarded.
The video shows the gray destroyer sails near a North Korean ship After about six minutes, one of the crewmembers say, "The FC has discovered" and that it came from the destroyer.
Seoul has denied the allegation, alleging that the warship used an optics camera while rescuing a North Korean fishing boat in distress.
Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya told reporters Friday he had decided to release footage and data to inform people inside and outside Japan that the Japanese self-defense army was operating properly.
"It is extremely important that such an incident never be repeated between Japan and South Korea," said Iwaya, adding that relations between the two sides are crucial for regional cooperation security. "While there are still difficult issues between Japan and South Korea," he said, "I hope to overcome these issues and promote our mutual understanding and exchange between our two military leaders."
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