South Korea fired warning shots on Wednesday near an “unidentified flying object” over its border with North Korea, a military official told Reuters, while a news agency said it was a suspected North Korean drone.
The object returned to northern side of the border following the warning shots, the official at South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff told Reuters.
The South’s Yonhap News Agency reported that South Korean forces fired about 20 machine gun rounds at the suspected North Korean drone.
The official declined to say how many shots were fired.
Meanwhile, South Korea warned North Korea on Wednesday that the United States and its allies were working on sanctions to inflict “bone-numbing pain” after its latest nuclear test, and called on China to do its part to rein in its isolated neighbor.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted nearly unanimously late on Tuesday to pass a legislation to broaden sanctions on the North’s nuclear program.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for an expansion of the size and power of his isolated country’s nuclear arsenal, state media reported on Wednesday.
Last week’s nuclear test was North Korea’s fourth, although the United States and experts doubt the North’s claim that it was of a more powerful hydrogen bomb, as the blast was roughly the same size as that from an atomic bomb test in 2013.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye said further provocations by the North including “cyber-terrorism” were possible, and said new sanctions should be tougher than those in the past, but did not give specifics.
Park said Seoul and Beijing were discussing a draft U.N. Security Council resolution on North Korea, noting that Beijing has stated repeatedly that it would not tolerate the North’s nuclear program. Read More