China calls for new talks with North Korea on nukes

South Korean army artillery near the border with North Korea

South Korea has fired warning shots towards North Korea after what has been described as an unidentified flying object was spotted over the country.

Ambassador Liu Jieyi told reporters after a closed-door emergency session on the DPRK following Sunday's missile launch, that China and the United States are discussing possible new sanctions.

"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".

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference Monday, "To prevent North Korea from developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, it's important to prevent the transfer of skills and materials related to them, as well as to reduce foreign currency earnings".

But the North is claiming that the object was "a flock of birds flying in the sky" and denied sending anything south.

"If left on its current trajectory, the regime will ultimately succeed in fielding a nuclear-armed missile capable of threatening the United States homeland", Stewart said Tuesday.

The United States says it is willing to enter into talks with North Korea if it halts its nuclear and missile tests.


South Korea's Yonhap news agency, without citing a source, reported that the South fired about 90 machine gun rounds into the air and toward North Korea.

In a televised speech earlier this year, the North's leader, Kim Jong Un, said the country was making progress toward deploying an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The United States has for weeks been negotiating a new Security Council sanctions resolution with China, but USA ambassador Nikki Haley said last week that no final draft text had been clinched.

Both sides often use balloons to fly leaflets over the border - and the South is standing by its conclusion that was the case on Tuesday.

The spike in tensions comes with a new president in South Korea.

Relations between the Koreas are in one of their lowest ebbs now mainly due to North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

North Korean drone flights across the border are unusual, but have happened before.

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