Korea fires shots at N. Korea after object crosses border

Korea fires shots at N. Korea after object crosses border

U.S. President Donald Trump has said "a major, major conflict" with North Korea is possible and that all options are on the table, but that he wants to resolve the crisis diplomatically.

When asked on Tuesday if Beijing was talking to Washington about possible new sanctions, China's UN Ambassador Liu Jieyi said: "It's up to the council to decide what we should do in the current situation". These were the two demands North Korea made, and the Clinton administration agreed to, in 1994, when North Korea pledged to stop producing plutonium in exchange for nuclear power plants.

"We are faithfully implementing the resolutions".

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

"I think the South Korean public recognizes that the reason for THAAD is the threat posed by North Korea's missiles, which can threaten not only South Korean cities, but also US forces", said Vershbow, who is now with the Atlantic Council, a research institute.

But North Korea's historic ally and main trade partner China said the priority was to push for diplomatic talks.

The United States has urged China to use its influence over North Korea to change its behavior.

On Monday, the South's Unification Ministry spokesman Lee Duk-haeng said while Seoul will respond firmly to any provocations by the North, "it would not be desirable to have ties between the South and the North severed".

The Yonhap news agency and other local media speculated the object may have been a drone.

The U.N. Security Council took up North Korea's latest test of a medium-range ballistic missile at an urgent meeting Tuesday, only days after gathering about a separate missile launch.

Calling the missile launches "totally unacceptable", Japanese Ambassador Koro Bessho said "the worldwide community must not leave this total defiance unanswered".

The United States has for weeks been negotiating a new Security Council sanctions resolution with China.

Nearly a month ago, Washington began discussions with China on strengthening United Nations sanctions.

The Security Council adopted two sanctions resolutions previous year to ramp up pressure on Pyongyang as fears grow that Kim Jong-Un's regime is planning another nuclear test, which would be its sixth. Its deployment in a rural region some 180 miles southeast of Seoul raised concerns not only for North Korea but also China.

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