North Korea fires cruise missiles into sea, says South Korea

North Korea fires cruise missiles into sea, says South Korea
North Korea fires cruise missiles into sea, says South Korea

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Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - People watch a TV broadcasting a news report on North Korea firing multiple unidentified cruise missiles into the sea off its west coast, at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea January 30, 2024. ― Reuters pic

SEOUL, Jan 30 ― North Korea fired multiple unidentified cruise missiles today into the sea off its west coast, South Korea's military said, the third time Pyongyang has tested cruise missiles in less than a week.

The missiles were launched at around 7am (2200 GMT on Monday), Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

South Korean and US intelligence authorities were closely monitoring the situation and analysing the details of the launch, it said.

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The launch comes amid a rise in tension on the Korean peninsula and follows a barrage of cruise missiles fired by Pyongyang off its east coast on Sunday.

Sunday's launch was a test of the new submarine-launched cruise missiles (SLCM) dubbed “Pulhwasal-3-31” and leader Kim Jong-un supervised the test, North Korean state media KCNA reported on Monday. Last week's missiles were also Pulhwasal-3-31, KCNA said, adding that they were the “strategic”, which typically refers to nuclear-capable weapons.

South Korea's JCS said last week that it believes the firing of “Pulhwasal-3-31” was to test upgrades of existing missiles' capabilities. ― Reuters

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