South Korea fires warning shots at suspected North Korean drone near border: reports

SEOUL: South Korea's military fired warning shots after spotting an unidentified aerial vehicle approaching its heavily fortified border with North Korea, in the latest incident fueling tensions stemming from Pyongyang's fourth nuclear test last week.

The device appeared around 2.10pm local time, prompting the South Korean army to broadcast a warning, the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul said in a text message. It returned northward immediately after the shots were fired.

Tensions remain high along the demilitarised zone after South Korea resumed propaganda broadcasts last week against North Korea in retaliation to the January 6 nuclear test by the Kim Jong Un regime.

The shots near the military demarcation line came hours after South Korean President Park Geun Hye held a nationally televised press conference and urged China to help draw up the "strongest sanctions" against North Korea as punishment for the test.

Her comments at a televised news conference came a day before South Korea's nuclear envoy was scheduled to meet with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing. Representatives from Japan, South Korea and the US were set to meet separately in Seoul on Wednesday to discuss tougher sanctions against Pyongyang.