The spokesman for the American National Security Council John Kirby, interviewed by CNN, indicated that it was a question of “responding to provocations from the North, to ensure that we can demonstrate our own capacities” and “to make sure that we have the military capabilities ready”. However, he did not directly confirm the shootings, and did not provide more 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.
Warning system in Tokyo
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 a missile on Tuesday Intermediate-Range Ballistic (IRBM) that flew over Japan, leading Tokyo to activate its warning system and ask people in certain areas to take cover.
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” that “clearly violates universal principles and United Nations standards”, and ordered “a firm response”.