Korea balloons prompted warning shots: Seoul

Korea balloons prompted warning shots: Seoul

Korea balloons prompted warning shots: Seoul

Seoul has repeatedly accused the North of flying suspected spy drones across the border, and both Koreas - plus anti-Pyongyang activists based in the South - send leaflets across the border tied to gas-filled balloons.

The South Korean military fired 90 K-3 machine gun rounds at an unidentified object that crossed the demilitarized zone (DMZ) near Cheorwon County, Gangwon Province, The Korea Herald reported. It provided no other details.

The mystery flying object may have been a drone, local media speculated.

In January 2016, South Korea's military fired warning shots after a North Korean drone briefly crossed the border.

The border between the two countries is the most heavily armed in the entire world, with the two countries clashing on occasion.

South Korean tanks fire near the border with North Korea.

North Korea said on Monday it had successfully tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile to confirm the reliability of the late-stage guidance of the warhead, indicating further advances in the ability to hit United States of America targets.

North Korea a week earlier successfully tested a new midrange missile - the Hwasong 12 - that it said could carry a heavy nuclear warhead.

As long as the United States 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.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the ongoing testing "disappointing" and "disturbing".

"U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the test did not demonstrate a new capability, or one that could threaten the United States directly, Reuters reported Tuesday".

China's United Nations ambassador called Tuesday for the full implementation of existing Security Council resolutions on North Korea, while simultaneously de-escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula.

The country has now scrambled a huge air surveillance response as it prepares for further North Korean aggression.

It is still unclear whether the unspecified object was a ballistic missile.

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