North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers remarks during an enlarged meeting of the Political Bureau of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea on Jan. 24, 2024. (KCNA/Kyodo)

North Korea fired several cruise missiles off its eastern coast on Sunday, the South Korean military said, days after conducting what it said was its first test-firing of a new type of strategic cruise missile.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the launches of the cruise missiles into waters off the North Korean port city of Shinpo were detected around 8:00 a.m.

The report came after Pyongyang said Thursday it had test-fired a new type of strategic cruise missile, the Pulhwasal-3-31, which is believed to be capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

The South Korean military also detected the launch into the Yellow Sea of several cruise missiles by the North on Wednesday amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

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