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North Korea launches several cruise missiles for 2nd time in 2024

Seoul, Jan 28 (EFE).- North Korea launched several cruise missiles Sunday from its east coast, just four days after another launch from the west coast into the waters of the Yellow Sea, South Korea’s army said.

The launch took place at about 8:00am local time (23:00 GMT on Saturday), the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said, in the waters of the port of Shinpo.

“As we strengthen our monitoring and surveillance, our military has been coordinating closely with the United States to monitor for additional signs of North Korean provocations,” the authorities said in a statement sent to reporters.

This marks Pyongyang’s second cruise missile launch since September 2023 and comes just four days after the last one.

North Korea said Thursday that the first launch was “the first test firing of the new Pulhwasal-3-31 strategic cruise missile, which is under development,” according to state news agency KCNA.

In a brief statement in which it did not give more details about the projectile, the agency said “the test is a process of constant updating of the weapons system and a regular and mandatory activity” for national defense activities.

North Korea also said the test “had no impact on the security of neighboring countries and has nothing to do with the regional situation,” in reference to the escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula.

The Korean peninsula is experiencing a moment of high tension following the termination of the 2018 inter-Korean agreement aimed at reducing military presence and exercises in border areas, after Pyongyang carried out live-fire maneuvers near the western maritime border at the beginning of the month. EFE

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