"[North Korea] joined the front rank of the military powers fully equipped with nuclear attack capability," Kim Jong-un said after calling the Wednesday test-fire the "greatest success" and victory, according to the KCNA report cited by Yonhap on Thursday.
On Wednesday, media reports emerged that Pyongyang had launched a ballistic missile from a submarine in the Sea of Japan. The missile reportedly flew about 500 kilometers (300 miles) towards Japan, allegedly falling in Japan's Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).
According the South Korean military, this is the longest flight by the missile of the kind for North Korea.
Since the start of this year, North Korea has been at the center of international attention in view of its active missile testing. Pyongyang’s January nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch in February resulted in the tightening of sanctions against North Korea in a new UN Security Council resolution adopted in March.