Ballistic missiles and the rockets used to launch satellites have similar bodies, engines and other technology.
"Some countries have manipulated United Nations sanctions resolutions against us and hindered the sovereign country's space development".
"It is a global trend that a country seeks the economic growth with the space program".
In December 2012, the country successfully launched its first satellite after years of failures.
North Korea then conducted another satellite rocket launch in February 2016, the Kwangmyongsong-4, just weeks after conducting its fifth nuclear test.
"The universe is an abundance of mankind, and there are no borders or boundaries in the infinite universe space, such as those on earth's land masses or seas", it added.
Photographs released Sunday and transmitted on state TV appeared to show the North Korean leader talking to officials and inspecting the products on display during the visit. He once told reporters that he felt like he was "living on borrowed time".
The wife of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has made a rare public appearance, joining the supreme leader on a tour of a cosmetics factory in Pyongyang.
TOP STYLIST: Kim inspects shampoo as he encourages a booming beauty industry in North Korea FASHION ICON: Ri Sol-ju stands out in a floral dress while her husband rocks his Mao suit "This can help women fulfil their dreams of becoming more handsome". During his visit, Kim called for production of "cosmetics of good quality with world competitive power", according to the Korea Herald. "Nor is there any article stipulating that one can not use ballistic rocket technology in launching a satellite", he added, quoted in the Associated Press.
"The variety of cosmetics produced by the factory are numerous and qualitative, and that not only the pattern of their vessels but the packing boxes are very nice", Kim said.
After holding trilateral talks in Hawaii, senior defense officials from the U.S., South Korea and Japan urged Pyongyang "to refrain from irresponsible provocations that aggravate regional tensions, and to walk away from its destructive and reckless path of development", Reuters reported Monday.