Defying UN sanctions, Kim Jong-Un personally supervised the testing of North Korea’s new anti-missile system on Saturday.
The test was the latest in a series of missile trials as tensions run high on the divided Korean peninsula.
It also came as a two-day nuclear security summit was being hosted by Barack Obama in Washington, at which North Korea was the focus of the US president’s talks with leaders from China, South Korea and Japan.
The North Korean ambassador to the UN said on Friday that NK would pursue its nuclear and ballistic missile program in defiance of the United States and its allies
The latest test took place just as Washington was in the midst of a security summit where North Korea was one of the main topics. A tit-for-tat game usually involving military drills between the US and its regional allies have normally been responded to with threats and new tests by Pyongyang in recent years.
Kim slammed President Barack Obama’s summit with Japan and South Korea as “nonsensical,” adding that the pressure the West has been exercising is in violation of its right to “legitimate access to nuclear weapons.”
The US leader also met with China’s Xi Jinping – North Korea’s closest partner in a sea of rivals.
The April 2 test of the new anti-aircraft rocket system saw mock targets being hit. North Korean media said: “The test verified that the feasibility of the new type AA guided weapons system is perfect in light of the latest military sci-tech requirements.”
Kim expressed “great satisfaction over the successful test, terming the success another striking demonstration of the validity of the Party’s policy of attaching importance to the science and technology of national defense and the rapidly growing defense capability of the DPRK.”
The country continues to face ever more stringent UN sanctions for its balistic tests, which it is already banned from carrying out