South Korea fires at North 'object'

South Korea fires at North 'object'

Wang said South Korean President Moon Jae-in has underlined the importance of his country's relations with China, Xinhua news agency reported.

The attack came as tensions ran high between the two countries after North Korea held a ballistic missile test on Sunday, prompting strong condemnation from South Korea and the worldwide community, including China.

Only on Tuesday, 23 May, North Korea had issued a strong rebuke to the UN Security Council's condemnation of its missile test.

A Security Council resolution in place since 2006 prohibits North Korea from conducting nuclear tests or launching ballistic missiles.

"The South sent warning messages and then fired warning shots".

The PukGuksong-2 intermediate-range ballistic missile was sacked into waters off the east coast of North Korea on Sunday (May 21).

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.

There has been an escalation of tension on the Korean Peninsula owing to repeated weapons testing by Pyongyang and tougher rhetoric, as well as a threat of preemptive strikes, by the US.

It includes four main strategies - not recognizing North Korea as a nuclear state, imposing every possible sanction and pressure, not seeking a regime change and resolving the problem with dialogue in the end.

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.

He also described North Korea as a "fully-fledged nuclear power". North Korea fired a solid-fuel ballistic missile Sunday that can be harder for outsiders to detect before launch and later said the test was hailed as flawless by leader Kim Jong Un. The reclusive country warned the US about its recent military drills with South Korea as well as its missile defense system, THAAD, installed in South Korea in April.

The council on Monday strongly condemned North Korea's "flagrant and provocative defiance" of United Nations sanctions banning ballistic missile tests and again vowed to impose new sanctions in response to its latest launch.

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

The UN Security Council held a closed-door meeting on North Korea on Tuesday evening.

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