North Korea claimed on Thursday to have conducted a successful test-firing of an intermediate-range missile.
CNN reported citing a report by the country’s military state government-run news agency that the country fired a Hwasong-10 -- also known as a Musudan -- and that it landed accurately in waters about 400 kilometers (249 miles) down range.
The statement was reiterated by a North Korean Foreign Ministry official at its embassy in Beijing.
"We are very happy. The Hwasong-10 means our transportation method has clearly succeeded. This means we can now confidently deal with whatever nuclear war the U.S. forces," Choe Sonhui, the General of the Department of U.S. Affairs of North Korea Foreign Ministry said at a news conference.
"What we are doing is trying to cope with the current situation where the United States is trying to threaten the DPRK with nuclear weapons, so we are trying to strengthen our nuclear capabilities in order to cope with threats that are imposed on the DPRK," she added, using an acronym for the country typically used by government officials.
However, South Korean and U.S. officials previously said that North Korea had fired two Musudan intermediate-range missiles from its eastern coast on Wednesday morning, including one that traveled 400 kilometers before it fell into the Sea of Japan.
The other flew 150 kilometers (93 miles) and is considered a failed launch, according to a South Korean military official.
North Korea has previously made at least four previous attempts this year to test Musudan missiles.