North Korea has confirmed via state media that leader Kim Jong-un has overseen a “strike drill” testing various missile components. “A number of short-range projectiles” were also fired from the Hodo peninsula into the Sea of Japan on Saturday.
North Korea’s leader gave the order of firing to “increase the combat ability” of the country, the announcement said.
US President Donald Trump tweeted he believed Mr Kim would not jeopardise the path towards better relations.
President Trump walked away from what he described as a bad deal offered by Kim Jong-un at a summit meeting in Hanoi in February.
In its report on Sunday, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Mr Kim had stressed the need to “defend the political sovereignty and economic self-sustenance” of the country in the face of threat and invasion..
It is believed that Saturday’s test is intended to increase pressure on Washington to move nuclear talks forward. Last month, North Korea said it had tested what it described as a new “tactical guided weapon”.