UN Calls Emergency Meeting Over North Korea Missile Testing

South Korea says it has fired warning shots at an object that flew across the demilitarised zone from North Korea.

Local media said the object might have been a North Korean drone.

The military said in a statement Tuesday that it has bolstered its air surveillance after the incident but provided few other details.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency.

The Seoul military conducted a warning broadcast and fired warning shots toward the flying object in accordance with proper procedures, the JCS said in a statement.

"We noticed that the new South Korean administration has brought new changes to the country's China policy, and its attitude towards China is also different from its predecessor", Wang said.

President Donald Trump seemed to echo that sentiment in a series of tweets that claimed North Korea "is looking for trouble". Liquid-fuel missiles require more time to prepare, in the open, before a launch.

Speaking to reporters ahead of a closed-door meeting of the 15-member U.N. Security Council on the missile launch, Haley made clear that Washington would only talk to North Korea once it halted its nuclear program.

The latest press statement indicated the council members' "utmost concern" over North Korea's "highly destabilizing behavior".

The ambassador stressed that during previous efforts to reduce tensions on the Korean peninsula, "every progress was achieved as a result of dialogue". North Korea has flown drones over the border in the past.

Kim was reportedly impressed by the images from a camera mounted on the missile during the test, saying that "it feels grand to look at the Earth from the rocket we launched and the entire world looks so attractive".

The North has conducted dozens of missile tests in recent years, and worldwide security experts have tracked the nation's advancing technical capability.

As long as the U.S. seeks to stifle North Korea, "we will further step up the efforts for diversifying and modernizing the nuclear force before the aggressors and provocateurs come to their senses", a spokesman at the committee was quoted as saying by the Korean Central News Agency.

The attack came as tensions ran high between the two countries after North Korea held a ballistic missile test on Sunday, prompting strong condemnation from South Korea and the worldwide community, including China.

  • Leroy Wright