China urges North Korea to not violate United Nations resolutions again

SOUTH Korea has fired into North Korea after an "unidentified object" was sent towards the country.

A Security Council resolution in place since 2006 prohibits North Korea from conducting nuclear tests or launching ballistic missiles.

If the US did drop its perfectly legal military exercises to please the Kim regime, then "what if tomorrow North Korea says we don't like South Korea's political system, or we don't like the Republic of Korea-US military alliance?" asked Sun.

"We believe the Chinese have a big responsibility there, but we're also sure that the Chinese government is aware of that", Gabriel said at the start of his one-day diplomatic visit to China, North Korea's key ally.

"We urge North Korea to not do anything to again violate U.N. Security Council resolutions", Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a statement posted on the Foreign Ministry's website on Tuesday.

That missile launch showed that North Korea's technology seems to be getting more sophisticated, and it represented a significant advance for Kim Jung Un and his nuclear weapons program, Martin reported.

Seoul said its military fired an unspecified number of warning shots on Tuesday after detecting an object flying across the border.

"The council is firmly united in rejecting the continuation of the launching of rockets by North Korea", said council president Ambassador Elbio Rosselli of Uruguay.

China's United Nations ambassador says multiple North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile tests show the "very strong" need for new talks with Pyongyang to reduce tensions and try to achieve denuclearization.

China on Tuesday pushed for dialogue with North Korea and the full implementation of United Nations sanctions on Pyongyang over its ballistic missile and nuclear tests, skirting questions about Beijing's talks with the United States on possible new measures.

In 2014, South Korean officials discovered what they described as several North Korean drones that had flown across the border.

Wang said the senior official's tour reflects his president's emphasis on China and his willingness to improve the bilateral relations. Seoul later said the object was probably a balloon carrying Pyongyang's propaganda leaflets.

Tensions remain high on the Korean peninsula in the wake of Pyongyang's latest missile launch on Sunday. Pyongyang insists that the program is necessary to counter USA threats against the country.

In a similar incident on January 16, previous year South Korea fired at a suspected North Korea drone at the demilitarized zone.

China is North Korea's biggest trade partner and the source of much of its badly needed foreign currency.

  • Arturo Norris