Photographs showed thousands of tightly packed soldiers and people applauding on Pyongyang’s Kim Il-Sung square, which was decorated with large portraits of the North’s late leaders. (photo: AFP)

North Korea held mass celebrations for its successful test of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the country’s state media said Saturday.

Rodong Sinmun, the ruling Workers Party daily, flood its front page with colour photographs showing thousands of packed soldiers and people applauding in Pyongyang’s Kim Il-Sung square.

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One banner held up by the crowd read: “We heartily celebrate the successful test launch of the Hwasong-15 which showed Chosun (North Korea)’s power and greatness to the whole world.”

The Asian country claimed its third intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, which was launched on Wednesday, is capable of striking anywhere in the United States.

And its leader, Kim Jong-Un, claimed afterwards that his country was now a full nuclear state.

Kim made the claim in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s desire to impose “major sanctions” on Pyongyang after the test.

He was absent from the celebrations — he usually stays away from such events — but Friday’s gathering drew key military, party and government leaders, AFP reports.