South Korea fires at flying object flown from North

South Korean army's K-55 self-propelled howitzer fires during the annual exercise in Paju near the border with North Korea South Korea. South Korea's military said Tuesday

South Korean army's K-55 self-propelled howitzer fires during the annual exercise in Paju near the border with North Korea South Korea. South Korea's military said Tuesday

The South's military said North Korea may have dispatched the object in order to test South Korea's military preparedness.

"North Korean missile technology advances with each test, heightening the threat against the USA and North Korea's neighbors and potentially increasing North Korea's leverage if and when there are talks with either Washington or Seoul", said Sue Mi Terry, a former senior North Korea analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency and now managing director for Korea of BowerGroupAsia, a public policy consulting firm in Jakarta.

Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said at a U.S. Senate hearing North Korea is working on a nuclear device that can be installed on a ballistic missile.

But Liu said China first wants to see the six sanctions resolutions against North Korea fully implemented.

The incident comes amid continuing high tension on the Korean peninsula.

North Korea on Sunday launched the Pukguksong-2, which traveled about 500 kilometers (310 miles) before landing in the Sea of Japan.

Lee Min-bok, a North Korean defector-turned-activist, said that cylindrical balloons made of plastic cost much less than round rubber ones. The council has imposed additional and harsher targeted sanctions on Pyongyang since then in response to repeated nuclear tests.

Relations between the Koreas are at one of the lowest ebbs mainly due to the North's nuclear and missile programmes.

Last Friday, North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador Kim In Ryong told U.N. correspondents that the government will rapidly strengthen its nuclear strike capability as long as the United States maintains its "hostile policy" toward the country.

Total tourist arrivals were down 27.2% from a year ago to 1.07 million, KTO said, blaming a "huge decline in Chinese visitors due to China's ban on tours to South Korea".

Calling the missile launches "totally unacceptable", Japanese Ambassador Koro Bessho said "the worldwide community must not leave this total defiance unanswered". However, a week ago US Ambassador Nikki Haley said Beijing had gone quiet.

"We hope we will be able to strengthen the sanctions mechanism", he said.

US President Donald Trump said on May 1 he would be "honored" to meet the North's leader, Kim Jong Un, under the right conditions.

But North Korea has now claimed the South was "caught by mental derangement" and "confrontation hysteria", unleashing its storm of bullets at an innocent "flock of birds flying in the sky".

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