N. Korea calls S. Korea's border firing reckless provocation

-South Korea's military fired warning shots at a suspected drone from North Korea on Tuesday amid tension over Pyongyang's latest missile test which drew worldwide condemnation and a warning from China.

Some 100 K-3 machine gun rounds were fired by the South's military as warning shots between 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday after it detected the objects flying over the military demarcation line (MDL) at around 4 p.m., according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "Such activities also build operational experience and unit capabilities with the system, while indicating an evolving military doctrine".

It warned in the statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency that North Korea will closely watch how South Korea's "confrontation hysteria" would develop. It said South Korea was analyzing whether a North Korean drone had crossed the border.

After studying radar evidence and thermal imagery, those military officials now believe the incident was sparked by a group of large North Korean balloons - likely an effort to drop propaganda leaflets on the rogue state's ideological adversaries in the South.

Attacks blamed on North Korea in 2010 killed 50 South Koreans.

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.

Total visitor numbers were down 27.2% from previous year to 1.07 million, KTO said, blaming a "huge decline in Chinese visitors due to China's ban on tours to South Korea".

A bipartisan group of South Korean politicians met with Joseph Yun, the USA special representative for North Korea policy.

"By using this site, North Korea's Strategic Forces demonstrated their ability to operate from anywhere in the country, not just fixed launch positions,"38 North said".

The South Korean military discovered North Korean unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) equipped with digital cameras in several locations including Paju, Gyeonggi, and Baengnyeong Island in the Yellow Sea in 2014.

While there's still a chance that North Korea is not equipped with missiles that could reach the United States, it is still quite capable of waging war on its neighbors.

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.

China's imports from North Korea fell in April to a near three-year low, data showed Tuesday, as Beijing faces calls to put more economic pressure on its nuclear-armed ally.

  • Zachary Reyes