Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Unidentified DPRK flying object crosses border with S. Korea

Unidentified DPRK flying object crosses border with S. Korea

David Wright, an expert on North Korea's missiles and nuclear program with the Union of Concerned Scientists, said the latest missile could have flown farther but was sacked on a "lofted" trajectory, which sends the missile high up so that it will land in the open seas rather than flying over or splashing down near neighboring countries.

The South Korean Joint Chief of Staff said that after spotting the object, the army broadcast warning signals and fired shots in accordance with its procedures and added that military positions have been strengthened and air surveillance has been increased.

China is within range and can be hit by North Korea's nuclear-tipped missile, a North Korean lecturer told a group of state officials about a week after the test of Pyongyang's midrange missile Hwasong-12.

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

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The North's official KCNA news agency, citing the spokesman for the foreign ministry, said the country had "substantially displayed" the capabilities for mounting a nuclear attack on Hawaii and Alaska and had built full capabilities for attacking the US mainland.

It's not the first time South Korea has reacted to an object sent across its border.

South Korea fired warning shots.

President Moon Jae-in earlier vowed to seek a dual approach of pushing for North Korea's denuclearization and dialogue with Pyongyang.

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North Korea on Sunday launched the Pukguksong-2, described by Washington as a medium-range missile, from Pukchang in South Pyongan province.

Attacks blamed on North Korea in 2010 killed 50 South Koreans. That test came a week after North Korea tested what it said was a new type of rocket capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead. Kim Jong Un's regime has responded defiantly, forging ahead with its missile tests, though the country has held back on conducting another nuclear test.

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

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