South Korea and the United States launch four missiles after the North Korean fire

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South Korea and the United States launch four missiles after the North Korean firing

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In this image provided by the South Korean Ministry of Defense, a missile is fired during a joint training between the United States and South Korea (archives).

South Korea and the United States have launched four surface-to-surface missiles towards the Sea of ​​Japan, the South Korean military said on Wednesday, after a series of fire by North Korea.

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According to the South Korean General Staff, the South Korean and American armies each fired two tactical missiles at simulated targets. On Tuesday, the air forces of the two allied countries had already conducted a bombing exercise on a target in the Yellow Sea.

US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby, interviewed by CNN, said it was about responding to provocations from the North, to make sure we can demonstrate our own capabilities and that we have the military capabilities ready.

He did not directly confirm the firings, however, and did not provide further details.

It doesn't have to come to that. We have made it clear to Kim Jong-un that we are ready to sit down at the table without preconditions, he added.

North Korea, which has revised its legislation to make its status as a nuclear power irreversible, stepped up its firing this year and launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for the first time since 2017.

Pyongyang fired Tuesday an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) that flew over Japan, leading Tokyo to activate its warning system and ask people in certain areas to take shelter.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres denounced an escalation and called on Pyongyang to resume dialogue in order to achieve complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol for his part deplored a provocation clearly violating the principles united verse and UN standards, and ordered a firm response.

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