N.Korea test fired another ballistic missile
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 13:06
Yonhap news agency in South Korea said the warning shots consisted of 90 machine gun rounds being shot into the air towards North Korea, but it didn't give a source for the information.
Pyongyang has been working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the US mainland and this weekend they said they'd reached their goal.
According to reports, North Korea had success during testing of the ballistic missile the day before.
Moon said the country's front-line troops strictly followed the manual by first dispatching a warning via loudspeakers and then continuing to fire warning shots amid bad weather conditions that made it hard for them to immediately identify what the objects were. It called the missile an "answer" to U.S. President Donald Trump's policies.
Since the beginning of 2016, North Korea has carried out a number of missile launches and nuclear tests, prompting worldwide criticism and escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
North Korea said Monday it is ready to start mass-producing a new medium-range missile after a weekend test-launch confirmed its combat readiness. The path of the missile, which flew about 310 miles before landing in the Sea of Japan, was monitored by the South Korean military and the U.S. Pacific Command.
Kim Bum-soo has more on what member states had to say.
The North's official KCNA news agency, citing the spokesman for the foreign ministry, said the country had "substantially displayed" the capabilities for mounting a nuclear attack on Hawaii and Alaska and had built full capabilities for attacking the US mainland.
All 15 council members, including the North's closest ally China, approved the statement ahead of emergency closed consultations Tuesday where France's U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre said a new sanctions resolution will be discussed.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the launch and watched from an observation post, state media reported Monday.
The official gave no details, but previous drones flown across the border have been similar in size to hobby craft. The North Korean army launched the missile in an easterly direction from a site near Pukchang at 4:59 pm local time, Efe quoted the North Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff as saying.
But he said the US was in the early stages of applying economic and diplomatic pressure, and that perhaps North Korea was "acting out now in response to some of this pressure that I believe they're beginning to feel".
In September 2015, South Korea triggered an anti-aircraft warning and sent an attack helicopter and fighter jet to track down a drone that crossed the border, without success.