North Korea marked its “Military First” holiday on Thursday with mass dancing, outdoor concerts and boasts of a successful submarine-launched ballistic missile test.
Television news broadcasts and the front pages of morning newspapers showed images of the launch, conducted early the previous day.
The test sent a “Pukguksong” missile soaring from a submerged position off the North’s port city of Sinpo. It flew an estimated 310 miles toward the seas around Japan, the longest distance it has yet achieved in a submarine launch.
Kim was shown smiling and hugging officials after watching the test from an observation deck. He was quoted by state media as calling it the “success of all successes,” though it brought immediate condemnation from the United States and the North’s neighbors.