The string of weapons drills come as a prolonged hiatus in disarmament talks with the United States drags on, and despite recent overtures from Washington offering help to contain the pandemic.
North Korea launched multiple projectiles into the sea earlier this month as part of firing drills, according to South Korea's military, drawing US and Chinese appeals for Pyongyang to return to talks on ending its nuclear and missile programmes.
Donald Trump has one less hawk in his administration, that much is certain. What is unclear is whether it means a less combative foreign policy with countries like Iran or Venezuela.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un oversaw the test of a "super-large multiple rocket launcher", state news agency KCNA reports.
The test verified the combat effectiveness of the overall system, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un predicted "it would be an inescapable distress to the forces becoming a fat target of the weapon", state news agency KCNA said.
Kim and his wife were among the elite at the premiere of the games on Monday in Pyongyang, but North Korea's leader was unhappy with the event's organisers, state media said.
"China can and should have a cooperative relationship with the rest of the region," US Acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.
Can Russian President Vladimir Putin pick up where the US has failed in the Korean Peninsula?
Russia's President Vladimir Putin and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un hold "meaningful" talks in Russia's Vladivostok city, two months after Kim's summit with US President Trump ended in disagreement over decades-old nuclear row.
Before his meeting with the South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Washington, US President Donald Trump says he is considering a potential third nuclear summit with North Korea's leader.
Although North Korea and the US failed to reach an agreement over the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula at a recent meeting in Vietnam, Washington and Seoul departed from the tradition of carrying out massive 'war games'.
The meeting between the North's leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump broke up in disarray Thursday, with a signing ceremony cancelled and no joint communique issued.
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