CHINA: There is 'no reason' not to talk with N. Korea

North Korea may have launched an unidentified object across its southern border on Tuesday afternoon, leading South Korea's military to fire warning shots - a potential new provocation amid already heightened tensions between the two countries.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the military bolstered its air surveillance and broadcast a warning to North Korea in response to the object.

Prior to meeting with Putin, the Yonhap news agency reported, Song met with Russian Far East Development Minister Alexander Galushka to discuss potential trilateral economic cooperation-the two Koreas and Russia-as a means of dissuading North Korea from its nuclear weapons development.

Unidentified objects which flew across the border from the North were probably propaganda balloons, South Korea's military said Wednesday.

The South Korean army believes that with its latest missile test, the North has managed to obtain valuable performance data to continue improving its technology, said a defence official on Monday.

"On the basis of not violating the relevant (Security Council) resolutions, China maintains normal business and trade ties with the DPRK", foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters, using the initials of North Korea's official name.

U.S. Ambassador Robert Wood responded that it was "ridiculous" to claim North Korea's actions were legal. "So our effort is to work with the United Nations, work with China, work with Japan, work with South Korean to try to find a way out of this situation", U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Matthis said on Friday, according to Reuters.

On Sunday, North Korea said it had carried out a "successful" test of a medium range ballistic missile.

U.S. officials and experts, however, questioned the extent of its progress.

North Korea's latest missile ready for mass-production.

The North's news agency, KCNA, described it as "the most acute hotspot where huge troops of both sides constantly level their guns at each other".

The total was almost 44 percent below February's figure when Beijing's ban on North Korean coal came into force. According to reports, North Korea had success during testing of the ballistic missile the day before.

It is well-known that North Korea is developing nuclear weapons and missiles capable of delivering those weapons to target location.

  • Leroy Wright