Published: Mon, May 29, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Sandra Brady

South Korea fired 450 rounds at flock of birds, says North

South Korea fired 450 rounds at flock of birds, says North

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 South responded with machine-gun fire after an unidentified North Korean aircraft crossed the DMZ early previous year.

"This is all about North Korean missiles and the threat that North Korean missiles pose to the Republic of Korea, and it's for the defense of the Republic of Korea and nothing else", Brooks said, as quoted by Yonhap news agency. Pyongyang said it launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile which met all technical requirements and could now be mass-produced, although U.S. officials questioned the extent of its progress.

The UN Security Council is to hold a closed-door meeting on North Korea on Tuesday evening.

Attacks blamed on North Korea in 2010 killed 50 South Koreans. Local media had speculated the object was a North Korean military drone.

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.

South Korean tanks fire near the border with North Korea.

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"We call on the DPRK (North Korea) to stop further testing and allow space to explore the resumption of meaningful dialogue".

A statement by South Korea's joint chiefs of staff claimed the military first broadcast a warning to North Korea about the object, before it fired any shots.

Tensions have spiked on the Korean Peninsula in recent years over North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.

In Jakarta, South Korea's special envoy Park Won-soon sought help from Indonesia in resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis as he met with Indonesia President Joko Widodo. 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.

Japan's United Nations ambassador, Koro Bessho, whose government requested Tuesday's meeting along with the US and South Korea, told reporters the launch was a "blatant violation" of existing council resolutions.

However, imposing sanctions on Chinese enterprises may provoke a backlash from the Chinese government, leading to a situation in which China ceases to cooperate on North Korean issues.

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