Japan and South Korea Take Steps to Prevent Recurrence of 2018 Radar Lock-On Incident

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Japan and South Korea Take Steps to Prevent Recurrence of 2018 Radar Lock-On Incident

Japan and South Korea Take Steps to Prevent Recurrence of 2018 Incident

Japan and South Korea have taken steps to prevent a recurrence of a highly volatile incident between their armed forces in 2018. The incident, which involved a South Korean Navy destroyer locking its fire-control radar on a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol aircraft, resulted in a standoff over defense exchanges.

Defense Minister Minoru Kihara and his South Korean counterpart, Shin Won-sik, met in Singapore on June 1st and agreed to set aside their differences over the incident and reactivate defense cooperation and exchanges. They also agreed to ensure smooth communication to avoid similar situations in the future.

Both countries will abide by the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea, a multilateral agreement that sets rules for maintaining a safe distance between naval vessels and aircraft and the need to consider the consequences of locking fire-control radar. They will also strive for better communication through their telecommunication channels.

The meeting also resulted in agreements to arrange annual talks between vice defense ministers, resume dialogue between working-level defense officials, and reopen high-level exchanges between the SDF and the South Korean Armed Forces.

This is the second defense ministers' meeting between Japan and South Korea in less than a year, indicating a commitment to improving relations and preventing future incidents.