North Korea accuses South of machine-gunning birds in Demilitarized Zone

A defence source told South Korea's Yonhap news agency that the flying object could be a drone.

South Korea has fired warning shots towards North Korea after what has been described as an unidentified flying object was spotted over the country.

U.S. President Donald Trump has warned that a "major, major conflict" with North Korea is possible over its weapons programs, although U.S. officials say tougher sanctions, not military force, are the preferred option. North Korea has accused the USA of escalating tensions with its actions and refers to its missile launches as measures to safeguard its country.

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. North Korea has flown drones over the border in the past.

There was no immediate comment in North Korea's state-run media, and no reports that the North had returned fire.

The U.N. Security Council is due to meet on Tuesday behind closed doors to discuss Sunday's test of a solid-fuel Pukguksong-2 missile, which defies Security Council resolutions and sanctions.

Military officials in Seoul initially suggested the object they attacked on Tuesday was a drone being piloted by their communist neighbours.

North Korea has developed its nuclear and ballistic missile programs despite heavy global sanctions already in place, and Chinese firms are among those alleged to help North Korea evade import bans and other measures meant to starve those programs.

Kim Jong-un's latest missile launch showed that the North Korea's military is finally able to operate weapons from anywhere in the country, not just from an exact predefined position.

The object had not been identified and its radar course was being investigated, the military said in a statement.

The incident comes amid continuing high tension on the Korean peninsula. The North last conducted a ballistic missile test a week ago. "The military has beefed up our anti-air surveillance and maintained readiness posture", said the JCS.

North Korea, also known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), has vowed to develop a missile mounted with a nuclear warhead that can strike the mainland United States, saying the program is necessary to counter USA aggression.

  • Leroy Wright