China's United Nations envoy says 'no reason' not to talk with N Korea

South Korea's military fired warning shots across the military demarcation line at an unidentified object flying on Tuesday afternoon, as tensions remained high on the peninsula days after another North Korea missile test.

But the U.S. has been trying to persuade China to do more to rein in North Korea, which has conducted dozens of missile launches and tested two nuclear bombs since the start of a year ago, in defiance of United Nations Security Council sanctions and resolutions.

Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the South Korean forces are bolstering its air defence posture owing to the latest launch while keeping a close watch on the situation.

The UK Independent recalls that South Korea believes several low-tech North Korean drones crossed its border in 2014.

"Unless Seoul reaches out to North Korea with substantive aid, don't expect anything to change", Gause said.

These were the two demands North Korea made, and the Clinton administration agreed to, in 1994, when North Korea pledged to stop producing plutonium in exchange for nuclear power plants.

Moon, a liberal, favors a softer approach to North Korea than his conservative predecessors and has offered to visit Pyongyang if the circumstances are right. North Korea is threatening a sixth nuclear test.

Moon, who is South Korea's second Roman Catholic president, requested the pope to play a mediating role in what he hopes could culminate in a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Both sides frequently try to flood each other propaganda, and tensions have risen as North Korea makes progress in developing nuclear weapons despite United Nations sanctions and worldwide pressure to stop.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the series of tests are "disturbing".

The United States has for weeks been negotiating a new Security Council sanctions resolution with China, but US Ambassador Nikki Haley said last week that no final draft had been clinched.

Liu spoke to reporters after emergency Security Council consultations behind closed doors on the North's latest missile test. "Our government is closely discussing with the United States and other allied countries' measures to respond to North Korea's continued provocations", Cho said, adding that he could not elaborate because it involves closed-door talks between Security Council members.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency reported that the Pukguksong-2 will now be produced and deployed throughout the country.

  • Leroy Wright