The weapons maneuver yesterday included a test firing of three projectiles suspected of being short-range ballistic missiles. The shooting of the three projectiles was only intermittently after Pyongyang tested the firing of two short-range ballistic missiles towards the Sea of Japan.
According to the South Korean military, North Korea launched several projectiles towards the Sea of Japan yesterday as part of shooting exercises. Kim Jong-un's maneuver pushed the United States (US) and China to persuade Pyongyang to return to the negotiating table about ending the North's nuclear and missile programs. (Read: Kim Jong-un Regime Fires 3 North Korean Projectiles This Morning)
"Kim joined the commander of the Korean People's Army and expressed his satisfaction with the results," wrote state media North Korean News Agency (KCNA) reported Reuters.
"The aim of the weapons attack training is to check the capability of a sudden military counterattack from the long-range artillery unit at the front," continued KCNA.
Photo released by KCNA shows troops firing a number of artillery weapons, as well as missiles from a dual launch rocket system (MLRS) with four launch tubes.
The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the missiles fired by North Korea flew up to 200 km and reached an altitude of 50 km.
Britain, Germany, France, Estonia and Belgium raised the issue of the North's recent missile launch at the UN Security Council on Thursday last week. They called Pyongyang's actions provocative and violated UN resolutions.
But the North Korean Foreign Ministry criticized the attitude of the European countries by calling it "reckless behavior". Kim Jong-un's sister said his country's weapons training was not intended to threaten anyone.