North Korea fires MISSILE at South as military scrambled to respond

South Korea fired warning shots Tuesday at a flying object that entered the country's airspace from North Korea across the Demilitarized Zone, Seoul's military said.

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 strongly condemned the May 21 launch in a statement, pledging to "take further significant measures including sanctions, in line with the council's previously expressed determination".

Lee Min-bok, a North Korean defector-turned-activist, said that cylindrical balloons made of plastic cost much less than round rubber ones. Which route the council goes "will be a matter of continued discussions, but there is an absolute condemnation by the 15 members of the council" on North Korea, Rosselli said.

A spokesman for the General Staff of the KPA, responding to a question from a KCNA reporter, instead accused the South of firing into the North and said the ROK army had engaged in a "military provocation".

North Korea on Sunday launched the Pukguksong-2, which was described by Washington as medium-range missile, from Pukchang in South Phyongan province.

Past South Korean administrations punished North Korea with sanctions in response to tests.

It called the missile, capable of reaching Japan and major U.S. military bases there, an "answer" to U.S. President Donald Trump's policies.

North Korea has flown drones over the border in the past and the incident came at a time of high tension around the heavily guarded border.

According to Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop, if North Korea was recognised as a nuclear weapons state, "then Japan and [South] Korea would have little option than to develop their own nuclear weapons capability".

Sunday's test fire is the 10th launch by Pyongyang this year, as it presses to gain global recognition as a nuclear power.

"By relentlessly bringing in a number of strategic nuclear assets to the Korean peninsula, the gravely threatening the peace and safety and driving the situation to the brink of nuclear war", North Korean officials said in a statement in April.

The Security Council adopted two sanctions resolutions a year ago to ramp up pressure on Pyongyang and deny leader Kim the hard currency needed to fund his military programs.

  • Leroy Wright