North Korea border object was balloon, says South
South Korea says an item floating on the North Korean border Tuesday appears to have been a balloon carrying propaganda flyers.
South Korean soldiers fired 90 machine guns at the flying object.
North Korea has flown unmanned drones at the border with the past and the incident occurred at a time of high tension around the heavily guarded border.
The South said balloons were likely to have come from North Korea.
South Korean activists have often flown balloons carrying propaganda messages and light anti-Pyongyang products, such as snacks in North Korea, to the frustration of South authorities.
However, Defense Ministry spokesman Luna Sang-Gyun said on Tuesday that the object was spherical, non-cylindrical as balloon activists.
South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, said last week that there was a “great chance” of a border conflict.
The pace of North Korea’s missile tests has increased in recent months and experts fear that this indicates progress toward Pyongyang’s ultimate goal of putting a nuclear warhead on a missile that could reach the continental United States.
On Sunday, North Korea said it had carried out a “success” test of a mid-range ballistic missile.
This happened a week after North Korea proved what it said was a new type of rocket capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead.
The UN Security Council held a private meeting in North Korea on Tuesday. In a statement Monday it agreed to “take other important steps, including sanctions” to force North Korea to end its “highly destabilizing behavior.”
But North Korea’s historic ally and chief trading partner, China, said the priority was to push for diplomatic talks.
Chinese Ambassador to the UN Liu Jieyi said: “There is no reason why dialogue does not take place in the current situation” and stressed that progress in the past “has been achieved as a result of dialogue.”