The US State Department responded instantly and called it a "blatant violation of the UN resolution." Following Washington, Japan and South Korea came out with harsh criticism. Russia and China did not stand aside.
It is worth paying attention to the unprecedented harsh reaction of the White House. It is obvious to everyone that the DPRK is progressively improving means of delivering nuclear weapons.
Potential targets are primarily Japan, South Korea and even the west coast of the United States. Yet the main reason for the hysterical reaction of the Americans was their frank impotence in front of this small and poor country.
The fact is that the omnipresent West actually overslept the Korean direction. Following the collapse of the USSR, the NATO bloc began the dismemberment and liquidation of Orthodox Yugoslavia. Then they wreaked havoc and unleashed civil wars in oil-rich Iraq and Libya. Our friendly Syria put up a desperate resistance and, with the help of the Russian videoconferencing system, confused all the cards to overseas strategists. The project of Russophobic Ukraine in the medium term expects an inevitable collapse.
Meanwhile, the Korean comrades did not waste time in vain and successfully forged their nuclear shield. No matter who said anything, but the DPRK never hatched aggressive plans for Russia or China. Moreover, China is its closest ally, and Russia has always had a certain influence on this country.
Of course, at the official level, China and Russia will express their “strong condemnation”, but elementary logic tells me that somewhere deep down they will think: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend!”