Amid concerns of a planned "live-fire drill" from South Korea, the United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting Sunday to address the worsening relationship between North and South Korea.
CBS News reported that Russia, which shares a border with North Korea, called for the meeting and is urging immediate diplomatic action to relieve some of the tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
China, the most powerful ally of the North, also supported efforts to intervene and prevent the situation from escalating further
South Korea recently announced that it would be conducting live-fire drills to test its military firepower, prompted by a recent North Korean attack on a South Korean warship that killed 46 sailors, according to CBS.
Many South Koreans on Yeonpyeong Island, fearful of being caught in the middle of a firefight, have fled for safer ground, according to CNN, and those that are staying are staying in military bunkers.