World: The United States promises to defend its allies after the North Korean shot

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Daniel Kritenbrink, plus haut représentant du département d'Etat américain pour l'Asie de l'Est, à Bangkok © Reuters/Staff Daniel shot Kritenbrink, higher representative of the US State Department for East Asia, in Bangkok

by David Brunstrom

Washington (Reuters) - The United States has condemned the ballistic missile shot that flew over Japan on Tuesday by North Korea, denouncing a "dangerous and irresponsible" act, and promised to defend South Korea and Japan with all the extent of their power, indicating however to remain open to dialogue with Pyongyang.

In a press release, the spokesperson for the National Security Council of the White House qualified the North Korean shooting "destabilizing" illustrating the "flagrant contempt" of North Korea for the resolutions of the Security Council of UN and international security standards.

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The national security advisor to the American presidency, Jake Sullivan, spoke with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts to discuss "appropriate and robust joint and international responses," said Adrienne Watson.

During this exchange, Jake Sullivan reiterated the flawless commitment of the United States to the defense of Japan and South Korea and Washington's desire to continue its efforts to limit Pyongyang's ability to develop its Prohibited missile programs, she added.

Daniel Kritenbrink, higher representative of the US State Department for East Asia, repeated that Washington remained open to a dialogue without preconditions with North Korea and called Pyongyang to engage on a diplomatic path viable.

"Unfortunately (...) The only answer we have seen so far is a multiplication of the number of ballistic missiles and other provocative actions," he deplored.

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