North Korea accused of breaching South Korean border

A day after firing dozens of rounds at a flying object crossing the border from North Korea, South Korea's military revealed the package was apparently a balloon carrying leaflets.

China has been infuriated by the USA deployment of its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea, saying it is a threat to its own security and will do nothing to ease tensions with North Korea.

South Korea responded with warning shots until the vehicle flew back to North Korea.

"It is the United States' hostile policy and its aggressive joint military drills, nuclear threats and military build-up around the Korean peninsula that really aggravate the situation on the Korean peninsula and the region, and which compel the DPRK to also up its nuclear deterrence", he said, referring to the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

In 2014 South Korean officials claimed several North Korean drones had crossed the border.

During the call, Trump had asked the Philippine President about his thoughts on whether North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was "stable or not stable".

China's United Nations ambassador said Tuesday that multiple North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile tests, with no end in sight, show the "very strong" need for new talks with Pyongyang to reduce tensions and try to achieve denuclearization.

He stressed that during previous efforts to reduce tensions on the Korean peninsula, "every progress was achieved as a result of dialogue".

In this Monday, May 22, 2017 photo, South Korean army's K-55 self-propelled howitzer fires during the annual exercise in Paju, near the border with North Korea, South Korea.

But Liu said China "first and foremost" wants to see the six sanctions resolutions against North Korea already adopted by the council fully implemented.

South Korea's foreign ministry said the launch was "reckless and irresponsible".

It said North Korea will closely watch how the South's "confrontation hysteria" would develop.

The North Korean Foreign Ministry on Tuesday defended the ferry service and said that a USA bid to boost sanctions on Pyongyang was "arousing a strong backlash and rejection from Russian Federation as it is an arbitrary practice seriously encroaching on the legal interests of not only the DPRK but also Russian Federation".

Its members condemned the launch in a statement, calling it highly destabilizing behavior in "flagrant and provocative defiance of the Security Council".

  • Zachary Reyes