dglobalnews.com China calls for new talks with North Korea on nukes
Published: Mon, May 29, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Orlando Mckenzie

China calls for new talks with North Korea on nukes

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea fired warning shots Tuesday at an unidentified object flying south from rival North Korea, its military said.

South Korea's military fired warning shots after a North Korean drone briefly crossed the border past year.

The Yomiuri Shimbun In response to repeated ballistic missile launches by North Korea, the government is considering strengthening its measures against the isolated nation, particularly through "secondary sanctions", which would target enterprises and banking institutions from third-party countries, including China, with connections to North Korea, according to sources.

North Korea often uses balloons to fly propaganda leaflets to the South.

But Japanese travellers have also been put off by "negative media reports" about rising regional tensions over the North, KTO said, with their numbers falling 5.4 percent year-on-year in April.

The launch was the latest in a series this year as Pyongyang steps up its efforts to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the United States.

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A group of 64 Democrats concerned with breakout of war with the nuclear power said in a letter Tuesday that any preemptive attack should be approved by US Congress ahead of being operationalized, The New York Times reported.

Conciliatory measures, including the reopening of a jointly operated factory park in North Korea or the resumption of tourism to the Kumgang Mountains would be "long-term initiatives", the ministry said. With the recent election in South Korea of President Moon Jae-in, who campaigned for renewed negotiations between the two Koreas, the circumstances might indeed be just right.

The North Korean Foreign Ministry on Tuesday defended the ferry service and said that a United States bid to boost sanctions on Pyongyang was "arousing a strong backlash and rejection from Russian Federation as it is an arbitrary practice seriously encroaching on the legal interests of not only the DPRK but also Russian Federation".

A statement by South Korea's joint chiefs of staff claimed the military first broadcast a warning to North Korea about the object, before it fired any shots.

Traditionally, the United States and China have negotiated new sanctions before involving the other 13 U.N. Security Council members.

The South Korean defense minister recently stated that the North's missile program is advancing at an accelerated rate, one much faster than previously expected.

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