SKorea fires shots at NKorea after object crosses border

If launched from within North Korea, the missile could potentially strike all of Japan, South Korea, and even USA forces in Guam.

A year earlier, a South Korean fisherman found the wreckage of a North Korean drone in his net near a frontline island south of the rivals' disputed Yellow Sea border.

Kim was reportedly impressed by the images from a camera mounted on the missile during the test, saying that "it feels grand to look at the Earth from the rocket we launched and the entire world looks so attractive". It says the program is necessary to counter USA aggression.

North Korea is also building nuclear-tipped missiles and has greeted new South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who wants to reach out to the North, with two missile test-launches, part of a flurry of tests since leader Kim Jong Un took over in late 2011.

"In March and April 2014, small-sized drones believed to be from North Korea were found" in Paju, an island near the western sea border and the city of Samcheok, according to a Defence Ministry White Paper released past year.

In order to stay secure, the United States has placed its missile defense system known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, in South Korea. Spokesman Moon Sang Gyun said it's still unlikely that North Korea has re-entry technology, which would return a warhead safely back into the atmosphere.

Imagery said by North Korea to be from the warhead of the Pukguksong-2 missile launched May 21.

Aside from China and North Korea, the talks include the United States, South Korea, Russia and Japan.

"The president expressed deep regret over the fact that this reckless provocation ... occurred just days after a new government was launched in South Korea", senior presidential secretary Yoon Young-chan said.

"We don't see why dialog can not take place in the current situation now", Liu said.

North Korea has previously sent drones into South Korean airspace, with some crashing.

During Tuesday's Security Council meeting, members were briefed by United Nations political chief Jeffrey Feltman, mainly on technical aspects of the weekend launch. Kim Jong Un said that the team "worked hard to achieve a great thing". North Korea's media said more missiles will be launched in the future.

Western experts have identified seven of the rockets as intercontinental ballistic missiles, and said the remainder had not been conclusively identified.

The test Sunday involved a medium-range ballistic missile that has a shorter range than others fired by the communist regime in recent months, the White House said.

"In addition to the balloons' sphere form and irregular movment, we witnessed their explosion, as well as the fallen leaflets afterward", a JCS official told reporters on condition of anonymity, noting the devices were apparently designed as self-destructive.

The North has been also trying to develop nuclear missiles, which will be able to carry nuclear loads to the United States mainland.

Nearly a month ago, Washington began discussions with China on strengthening United Nations sanctions.

"It's a serious problem for global stability and security, and I'm convinced that the upcoming G-7, in friendship, will contribute to resolving this issue", he said in Beijing.

  • Zachary Reyes