US, UK and France say country has advanced its weapons programme, while Pyongyang accuses US of ‘double standards’.
State media say the test, the eighth this year, was ‘successful’ as US urges Pyongyang to refrain from ‘provocations’.
The launch comes as diplomats try to nudge Pyongyang back to the negotiating table over denuclearisation.
Despite sanctions, trade hits, floods, and food shortages, the won has surged 25% against the US dollar this year.
The pain-defying displays were put on by the North Korean army for the opening of a defence exhibition.
North Korean leader says Pyongyang is only increasing its military as ‘war deterrence’ and not to start a conflict.
Appeal comes with Kim facing arguably his biggest test since coming to power nearly 10 years ago.
Move is a possible sign that North Korea is easing one of the world’s strictest pandemic border closures.
Seoul says it hopes move will be a ‘foundation’ to rebuilding ties tested by recent series of missile launches.
State media says Pyongyang tested an anti-aircraft missile on Thursday as it continues its carrot-and-stick strategy.
Leader says move to reactivate lines by early October is to help ‘realise the expectations and desire’ of Korean nation.
Pyongyang has been developing its arsenal with denuclearisation talks stalled since 2019.
The launch, which took place early on Tuesday, was the third test by Pyongyang this month.
In second statement in two days, Kim Yo Jong says North Korea is ready to consider summit if respect can be guaranteed.