Seoul accuses Japanese patrol plane of threatening flight

Credit to Author: ggaviola| Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2019 08:38:30 +0000

SEOUL, South Korea  — South Korea’s military has accused Japan of a “clear provocation” over what it says was a threatening low-altitude flight by a Japanese patrol plane over a South Korean warship.

An official from Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday that the plane flew 60 to 70 meters (196 to 229 feet) above the water near a South Korean naval ship.

Seoul and Tokyo are key U.S. allies and close economic partners, but are currently locked in disputes over military issues and wartime history.

South Korea also accused another Japanese patrol plane of conducting a low-altitude flight over a South Korean warship that had been rescuing a North Korean fishing boat in December. Japan has claimed the warship locked its fire-control radar onto the plane, but Seoul denied that.