SEOUL: The three latest ballistic missile tests held on Tuesday which trialed detonation devices for possible nuclear strikes on US targets in South Korea.
They were personally examined by supreme leader Kim Jong-Un.
In infringement of existing UN resolutions, three missiles were test fired and it was seen as an angry reaction to the planned deployment of a US missile defence system in the South.
Launching of the two Scud missiles and one intermediate-range Rodong was initiative by the United States, Japan and South Korea, who showcased a collective diplomatic response.
“The tests were ordered and monitored by Kim Jong-Un and the range of the missiles was limited to simulate pre-emptive attacks on South Korean ports and airfields hosting US military hardware”, the North's official KCNA news agency said.
The tests "examined the operational features of the detonating devices of nuclear warheads mounted on the ballistic rockets at the designated altitude over the target area," it said.
“The two Scud missiles flew between 500 and 600 kilometres (310-370 miles) into the Sea of Japan,” South Korean military said.
On the front page of North Korean ruling party's Rodong Sinmun newspaper, a photo of the missile test was a published which showcased Kim sitting at a desk covered by a large map of the Korean peninsula.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday said “The tests were deeply troubling and undermined efforts to reduce tension on the Korean peninsula.”
UN resolutions forbid North Korea to develop ballistic missile technology.
The main motive behind launching these missiles was to develop a credible strike threat against the US mainland.
On July 9, The North test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile, followed by new medium-range missile on June 22.