S. Korea fires shots at N. Korea after object crosses border

S. Korea fires shots at N. Korea after object crosses border

North Korea's missile test on Sunday was of a solid-fuel missile that is now been "approved for deployment in combat" by leader Kim Jong-un, the state-run KCNA news agency said Monday. It said South Korea was analyzing whether a North Korean drone had crossed the border.

He warned that no option is off the table in dealing with the North's weapons program, although Washington has so far opted for sanctions and diplomatic pressure, while looking to China, the North's closest ally, to help rein in Pyongyang. "We've got to do action", Haley said in an interview to MSNBC television.

The Council warned that if North Korea continued to defy the United Nations resolutions prohibiting its ballistic missile launches and nuclear development activities, it would "take further significant measures, including sanctions, in line with the Council's previously expressed determination". "We are working with our Interagency partners on a more detailed assessment".

At an emergency meeting held Tuesday (New York time), the UNSC discussed whether to impose additional sanctions against the North over Pyongyang's latest missile test.

North Korea says it successfully tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile which met all technical requirements and could now be mass-produced, indicating advances in its ambitions to be able to hit the US.

A second email by the U.N. sanctions committee secretary to the 15 Security Council members on May 10 said the U.N. Office of Information and Communications Technology was "conducting an analysis of the affected hard drive".

However, there are reports that suggest that North Korea is still capable of launching nuclear warheads that could cross the Pacific Ocean and reach the United States.

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Bessho said Japan hopes the council will "strengthen the measures and strengthen the sanctions mechanism".

Washington has been trying to persuade China to agree to new sanctions on North Korea, which has conducted dozens of missile firings and tested two nuclear bombs since the start of previous year.

China's UN Ambassador Liu Jieyi said: "There is no reason why dialogue is not taking place in the current situation", and he stressed all progress in the past "was achieved as a result of dialogue". "It takes political will".

The North, which says it needs nuclear weapons to defend itself against the threat of invasion, later said it "flatly rejected" the United Nations statement, which had been drawn up by "the USA and its followers".

North Korea regularly threatens to destroy the United States which it accuses of preparing for invasion.

President Donald Trump seemed to echo that sentiment in a series of tweets that claimed North Korea "is looking for trouble".