North Korea caught flying 'propaganda balloons' to South after missile launch

North Korea has accused the South of firing 450 machine gun rounds at a flock of birds flying over the Demilitarized Zone between the two countries.

Gen. Lee Sun-jin, Gen. Joseph Dunford and Adm. Katustoshi Kawano discussed substantial cooperation to counter the nuclear and missile threats from the North, according to the JCS here.

Both Koreas - plus anti-Pyongyang activists based in the South - send leaflets across the border, tied to gas-filled balloons.

According to media reports, after inspecting the nearby areas and recalculating the images, it was revealed that the photos were actually taken from Lake Yonphung, a small residual area west of Pukchang County, about 20 km outside the South-North Korean border.

The United States has been trying to persuade China, North Korea's lone major ally, to do more to rein in Pyongyang, which has conducted dozens of missile launches and tested two nuclear bombs since the start of past year, in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

He said: "The military was reacting in consideration of the worst-case scenario".

South Korea says an object which drifted over the border from North Korea on Tuesday appears to have been a balloon carrying propaganda leaflets.

Global tensions with North Korea have been running high after a series of ballistic missile launches by the rogue state.

"For military purposes, solid-fueled missiles have the advantage that they have the fuel loaded in them and can be launched quickly after they are moved to a launch site", David Wright, co-director of the Global Security Program at the USA -based Union of Concerned Scientists, said in a blog post.

North Korea continues testing ballistic missiles despite several warnings and strong sanctions imposed by the United Nations.

He also described North Korea as a "fully-fledged nuclear power".

Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned of "dangerous developments" in North Korea after landing in Beijing on Wednesday.

The suspected North Korean balloons were spotted two days after Pyongyang test-fired a ballistic missile - its second missile test in seven days. He added that a United States of America trade deal with China, North Korea's closest ally, would "be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem!"

  • Zachary Reyes