The official news agency said Kim Jong Un received photos of the White House, Pentagon and U.S. aircraft carriers at Norfolk Naval Base.

Last week, North Korea successfully launched its first reconnaissance satellite, which it said was designed to monitor U.S. and South Korean military movements.

North Korea told the U.N. Security Council on Monday that its satellite launch was part of legitimate self-defense, rejecting a wave of U.S.-led condemnation.

Western powers, Japan and South Korea said North Korea had violated U.N. Security Council resolutions by launching the satellite last week.

In a rare appearance on the Security Council, North Korea's U.N. Ambassador Kim Sung said other countries faced no restrictions on satellites.

"No country in the world is in a security environment more dangerous than the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. A hostile party, the United States, threatens us with nuclear weapons."

"The development, testing, manufacture and possession of weapons systems equivalent to those owned or developed by the United States is a legitimate right of the DPRK," he said.

He ridiculed U.S. accusations that satellite technology had helped North Korea improve its missile capabilities, questioning whether the U.S. was putting satellites into orbit with a "catapult," according to AFP.