South Korean troops open fire projectile North Korea

The South's Yonhap news agency said around 90 rounds were fired from a machine-gun at the object.

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.

The Security Council responded to that launch with a lengthy statement of condemnation that also threatened to impose fresh sanctions on the North for its "flagrant and provocative defiance" of earlier demands to end all nuclear testing. It says the program is necessary to counter US aggression. It "immediately went towards the North", a South Korean official said at the time.

In this Monday, May 22, 2017, photo distributed by the North Korean government, a solid-fuel "Pukguksong-2" missile lifts off during its launch test at an undisclosed location in North Korea.

The missile was sacked from an area near Pukchang, in South Phyongan Province, and flew eastward about 500 kilometers (310 miles), said South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The Koreas face off across the world's most heavily armed border, and their militaries occasionally clash.

The United States and South Korea have said the deployment is aimed purely at defending against any threat from North Korea, which experts have thought for months is preparing for what would be its sixth nuclear test in total.

North Korea has previously sent drones into South Korean airspace, with some crashing.

The launch was the latest in a series this year as Pyongyang steps up its efforts to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the United States.

The council is scheduled to hold emergency closed consultations Tuesday where France's U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre said a new sanctions resolution will be discussed.

The South Korean defence ministry said this afternoon a weapon was sacked 310 miles (500km) from a location north of Pyongyang.

The United States has urged China to use its influence over North Korea to change its behavior.

While this might seem like just more saber-rattling from Pyongyang's leadership given the relatively continuous chain of test launches since President Donald Trump's inauguration (a total of 10 so far this year), this launch and the launch on May 13 carry a bit more weight.

The missile is based on is predecessor, the KN-11, a submarine-launched ballistic missile the North tested successfully last August.

  • Zachary Reyes