South Korea military suspects object crossing border was North Korean balloon

Instead such an attack would almost certainly trigger retaliatory strikes against South Korea and Japan that could plunge the region into a catastrophic nuclear war.In a Sunday editorial, the Minju Joson newspaper said US President Donald Trump's administration "would be well advised to lend an ear to the voices of concern that are heard from the US and the worldwide community".

"North Korea's repeated missile launches are a grave threat to our country and a clear violation of UN resolutions", Abe told reporters, adding that Japan would stay in close touch with the United States and South Korea.

The solid-fuel missile that was launched was the second successful test of a missile that the USA calls KN-15, Martin reports.

"The midrange surface-to-surface solid-fuel missile Pukguksong-2 launched successfully", North Korea stated.

The Security Council has adopted six increasingly tougher sanctions resolutions against North Korea.

The council will hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss its action, including new sanctions, against North Korea. South Korea's military said Tuesday, May 23, 2017, it fired warning shots at an unidentified object flying south from rival North Korea.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday ordered mass production of a medium-range ballistic missile successfully tested a day earlier that is capable of reaching several US bases in the region.

The celebration comes as the regime test fired another ballistic missile on 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 ..., he said".

"Viewing the images of the Earth being sent real-time from the camera mounted on the ballistic missile, Supreme leader Kim Jong Un said it feels grand to look at the Earth from the rocket we launched and the entire world looks so lovely", KCNA said.

As recently as January previous year, South Korean soldiers fired warning shots at a suspected North Korean drone that crossed the western part of the border, the most sensitive part of the demilitarized zone.

The Security Council first imposed sanctions on Pyongyang in 2006 and ratcheted up the measures in response to five nuclear tests and two long-range missile launches.

Calling the missile launches "totally unacceptable", Japanese Ambassador Koro Bessho said "the global community must not leave this total defiance unanswered".

Jeffrey Lewis, of the California-based Middlebury Institute of International Studies, said North Korea would probably continue to test the missile after deployment, fixing flaws as they emerged.

Mobile launchers can allow for adjustments to ensure the optimal angles of flight to a target.

He noted the Pukguksong-2's solid fuel is of particular concern.

The launch came as troops from the U.S., Japan and two European nations gather near Guam for drills that are partly a message to North Korea.

North Korean drone flights across the border are unusual, but have happened before.

North Korea is believed to have a fleet of more than 1,300 fighter jets, as well as an unspecified number of its own unmanned aerial vehicles, according to a 2015 report to Congress from the US Department of Defense. As for the United States, missiles could potentially hit San Francisco in 30-34 minutes and Washington, 30-39 minutes.

  • Leroy Wright