Washington's pressure campaign on Pyeongyang continues, with U.S. Special Representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, to attend a UN Security Council session to discuss the regime's recent provocations.
The U.S. requested the meeting to get a comprehensive update on recent developments on the Korean Peninsula, including Pyeongyang's missile launches and the possibility of a larger scale provocation.
Biegun will meet with the council's Permanent Representatives prior to the session on Wednesday where he will likely explain Washington's pressure campaign and ask for cooperation to bring the North back to the negotiation table.
The Security Council has met behind closed doors several times over the past couple of months, upon the request of EU members, concluding only with a statement condemning North Korea's provocative actions.
Given that it comes after Pyeongyang conducted what it claims to be a "very important test" at its Dongchang-ri test site widely believed to be a solid-fuel engine for an ICBM the arrangement of the session is seen as a way for the U.S. to warn the regime against further provocations.
"The Security Council, each of us is very concerned, about the series of 13 missiles, attacks, ballistic missile launches."
Amid concerns that the North could make additional provocations following last weekend's test, the U.S. has again flown a high-altitude surveillance aircraft over the Korean Peninsula.
According to tracker Aircraft Spots, the RQ Global Hawk flew over the peninsula at 52-thousand feet, or just under 16 kilometers.
Global Hawk is an unmanned aerial vehicle that can stay airborne for over 30 hours at a time at an altitude of about 20 kilometers.
It uses radar and infrared technology to detect objects on the ground as small as 30 centimeters.
Including the Global Hawk, Washington has recently deployed several types of surveillance planes over the peninsula.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.
This just in, U.S. pointman for North Korea Stephen Biegun will visit South Korea next week, and he is seeking to meet with North Korean officials at the border village of Panmunjeom during his visit.
That's according to Japan's Kyodo News Agency citing government sources.
This is widely seen as part of Washington's efforts to put North Korea-U.S. dialogue back on track amid re-escalating bilateral tensions.