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Japan defense chief denies S. Korean claim over 'provocative' flights

Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya speaks to reporters in Tokyo on Jan. 23, 2019. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's defense minister on Wednesday denied South Korea's claim that Japanese patrol planes have flown near South Korean navy ships multiple times, saying that the information is "not accurate."

South Korea's criticism on Wednesday came on the heels of another bilateral feud over the alleged locking of a fire-control radar by the South Korean navy on an SDF patrol plane in December.

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