South Korea fired into North Korea after an “unidentified object” was sent towards the nation.
As a result, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in an announcement that the South Korean military bolstered its air surveillance and broadcast a warning to North Korea.
The mystery flying object may be a drone, the local media speculated.
South Korea’s Yonhap news organization, announced that South Korea fired around 90 automatic weapon rounds into the air and toward North Korea. It said South Korea was analyzing whether a North Korean drone had crossed the border.
In 2014, South Korean authorities found a few North Korean drones that had flown over the border. Consequently, the drones are being considered a potential new security threat.
The Koreas go head to head over the world’s most heavily armed border, and the two sides sometimes clash. In 2014, they exchanged automatic weapon and rifle fire after South Korean activists released anti-North Korean propaganda balloons over the Demilitarized Zone that divides the Korean Peninsula, however, no casualties were reported.
Assaults blamed on North Korea in 2010 killed 50 South Koreans.
The United States has been attempting to convince China, North Korea’s only major ally, to accomplish more to get control over North Korea. Which has conducted many missile launches and tested two nuclear bombs, in disobedience of U.N. Security Council approvals and resolutions.
The North has made no mystery of its plans to build a rocket equipped for striking the United States. It also disregarded calls to end its weapons programs, even from China. It says the program is necessary to counter U.S. aggression.
“We urge North Korea to not do anything to again violate U.N. Security Council resolutions,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a statement posted on the Foreign Ministry’s website on Tuesday.
“At the same time, we hope all parties can maintain restraint, not be influenced by every single incident, …persist in carrying out Security Council resolutions on North Korea and persevere with the resolution of the issue through peaceful means, dialogue and consultation.”
The North’s official KCNA news office said the nation had “considerably displayed” the abilities for mounting a nuclear attack on Hawaii and Alaska. And also had built full capacities for assaulting the U.S. mainland.
U.S. and South Korean authorities and experts believe the North is not far away from having such a capability.
North Korea said on Monday that Sunday’s launch met every technical requirement. As a result, it began large-scale manufacturing of the rocket, which it calls the Pukguksong-2.
The test was North Korea’s second in a week. Therefore South Korea’s new liberal government said it dashed its hopes for peace on the peninsula.
The U.N. Security Council condemned the launch and expressed its concern over the North’s behavior. The Security Council is due to meet later on Tuesday.
North Korea’s missile tests were an act of self- defense by a ” fully-fledged nuclear power”, North Korean representative Ju Yong Chol told the U.N. Meeting on Disarmament in Geneva on Tuesday.
“It is the United States’ hostile policy and its aggressive joint military drills, nuclear threats and military build-up around the Korean peninsula that really aggravates the situation on the Korean peninsula and the region and which compels the DPRK to also up its nuclear deterrence,” he said.
DPRK are the initials for the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Ju was the main speaker at the forum who did not start his comments by offering sympathies to Britain for the casualties of Monday night’s bombing at a concert in Manchester.
The South Korean military did not state if the warning shots hit the unidentified object. However, it vanished from military radar.
North Korea has previously sent drones into South Korean airspace, with some crashing. In January 2016, South Korea fired warning shots at a suspected drone which turned back.
U.S. President Donald Trump has cautioned that a ” major, major conflict ” with North Korea is conceivable over its weapons programs. In spite of the fact that U.S. authorities say tougher sanctions, not military force, are the favored alternative to counter the North Korean danger.