Japan's Defense Minister Rebuffs S.korea's Claim

Japan's defense minister rebuffs S.Korea's claim

Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya has stressed that aircraft of Japan's Self-Defense Forces have, at all times, been conducting patrolling activities appropriately, in accordance with international and domestic law.

Talking to reporters on Thursday, Iwaya said that SDF patrol planes would have no intention or reason to be a threat to South Korean navy ships in any way.

Iwaya pointed out that SDF patrol aircraft are not armed, and they would be the ones to feel under threat if they had a close encounter with a South Korean destroyer.

Iwaya added that SDF aircraft will continue to conduct patrolling activities appropriately, as they always have.