The North’s general staff dismissed Seoul’s claims as a fabrication, and said it had fired 450 machine gun rounds at a flock of birds in an attempt to promote hostility toward Pyongyang.
The general staff added it was a “stopgap measure to check the war-weariness sweeping the puppet army in the face of the rapidly developing nuclear and ballistic rocket technology”.
Pyongyang accused South Korea of trying to promote hostility toward the DPRK
The statement, carried by state media, also said that North Korea would closely watch how the South’s “confrontation hysteria” would develop.
Seoul announced its military fired an unspecified number of warning shots Tuesday after detecting an object flying across the border.
South Korea later said it was probably a propaganda balloon, after North Korean leaflets were found at the border.
North Korea tests long range missile as nuclear programme continues
Mon, May 22, 2017
North Korea has successfully launched a ground-to-ground missile 500km towards the Sea of Japan, as tensions on the Korean peninsular reach new heights.
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The ground-to-ground medium-to-long range ballistic missile
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The news comes amid rising tensions between the North and South
The South’s joint chiefs of staff have now confirmed their military has beefed up its air defence posture.
The incident comes amid already sky-high tensions between the Koreas, following Pyongyang’s repeated ballistic missile tests.
A North Korean defector this week claimed Pyongyang has up to 400 drones carrying biological and chemical weapons capable of striking Seoul within one hour.
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Mon, May 15, 2017
Photographs depict how tensions have escalated between North Korea and the United States
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An unidentified rocket, reported to be a Hwasong-type missile similar to the one used in a May 14, 2017 test launch, at a military parade in Pyongyang
The North have conducted a number of ballistic missiles tests in recent weeks
Revealing the potential scale of Kim Jong-un’s arsenal, Jinmyeong Han said: “My guess is that North Korea has 300 to 400 drones.”
Mr Han, who defected from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in 2015, said that the drones are kept underground and moved between site to avoid detection by foreign reconnaissance satellites.
Mr Han revealed the secretive regime had been developing its drone delivery system since the 1990s.