South Korea fires warning shots at North after 'drone' crosses border

The official Korean Central News Agency said dynastic leader Kim Jong Un had deemed the launch a success and that more would be launched in the future.

"We're early in the stages of applying the economic pressure as well as the diplomatic pressure to the regime in North Korea", Tillerson said on "Fox News Sunday".

"Now that its tactical and technical data met the requirements of the Party, this type of missile should be rapidly mass-produced in a serial way to arm the KPA (Korean People's Army) Strategic Force, " Kim said, according to KCNA.

South Korea military said Monday the missile is a medium-range projectile but Pyongyang has yet to acquire the re-entry technology for ICBMs.

"South Korean and US intelligence authorities believe North Korea has secured meaningful data in enhancing the credibility of its missile technology", said Roh Jae-cheon, a spokesperson for South Korea's Chiefs of Staff, adding that they will need to further verify whether the North has in fact developed functional re-entry technology.

All 15 council members, including the North's closest ally China, approved the statement which accused the North of "destabilizing behavior and flagrant and provocative defiance".

White House officials traveling in Saudi Arabia with President Donald Trump said the system, which was last tested in February, has a shorter range than the missiles launched in North Korea's most recent tests.

The Pukguksong-2 flew about 500 km, reaching an altitude of 560 km, before landing in the Sea of Japan.

South Korea's military fired warning shots across the military demarcation line at an unidentified object flying on Tuesday (May 23) afternoon, as tensions remained high on the peninsula days after another North Korea missile test.

This is North Korea's second missile test since the election of South Korea's liberal President Moon Jae-in who hoped to pursue a moderate approach to the North. That missile traveled about 500 kilometers before crashing into the sea, according to South Korean and US officials. "Many more "Juche weapons" capable of striking the US will be launched from this land".

Sunday's launch by North Korea was confirmed by the United States and Japan.

Despite Chinese calls for calm, tensions between North Korea and the United States have increased since President Donald Trump assumed office in January, with Pyongyang seeking to flex its nuclear muscle as the U.S. carries out provocative military manoeuvres.

President Donald Trump, now in the midst of his first foreign trip as president, had no immediate public comment on the test.

Solid fuel-powered missiles need much less infrastructure, making them hard for those monitoring North Korea's military movements to spot, as there are fewer indicators, such as movement of trucks, for South Korean or USA satellites and other surveillance to pick up on.

"But, of course, the measures prescribed in the previous Security Council resolutions should be implemented firmly", Liu told reporters.

The fresh North Korean test was again carried out in violation of UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.

The North also released several pictures of the Earth said to have been taken from the rocket from space.

The UNSC is also due to hold a meeting behind closed doors on Tuesday at the request of the US, Japan and South Korea to discuss the North latest Korean launch.

  • Leroy Wright