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The South Korean military has said the missiles flew over the waters near a major military shipyard on the country's east coast.

Agence France-Presse

North Korea fired several cruise missiles on Sunday, the South Korean army announced, amid growing tensions between Seoul and Pyongyang.

This week, Pyongyang launched cruise missiles towards the Yellow Sea, west of the Korean peninsula, claiming that they were a new generation of missiles. strategic cruise missiles.

Our military detected several unidentified cruise missiles fired near the waters [located near the city] of Sinpo in Korea North at 8 a.m. [local time] Sunday, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.The Joint Chiefs of Staff said the launch is being analyzed by South Korean and US intelligence services, adding that they are closely monitoring North Korea's other movements and activities.

Tests of cruise missiles, which fly in the atmosphere, do not fall under the sanctions imposed by the UN on North Korea. And this unlike ballistic missiles, whose trajectory takes place essentially in space.

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Thursday, the day after the launch of cruise missiles, the number of which Pyongyang did not specify, the official KCNA news agency indicated that this test was part of a process of constant updating of the weapons system and [a] regular and obligatory activity.

The test firing did not had no impact on the security of neighboring countries and has nothing to do with the regional situation, she assured.

Tensions between Pyongyang and Seoul have worsened significantly in recent months. The two enemy countries renounced agreements concluded in 2018 to prevent armed incidents, strengthened military assets on the border and carried out live ammunition artillery exercises near each other's territory.

The North Korean leader declared in January that the South was his country's main enemy. He disbanded government agencies dedicated to reunification and contacts with the South, and threatened to declare war if his neighbor encroached on his territory by even 0.001 mm.

At the end of December, Kim Jong-un ordered the acceleration of military preparations for a war that could be launched at any time. He denounced a persistent and uncontrollable crisis situation, according to him initiated by Seoul and Washington with their joint military exercises in the region.

The tone is also stepped up a notch in the south, where conservative President Yoon Suk Yeol warned that Seoul would mount a response several times stronger in the event of provocation, highlighting the overwhelming response capabilities of its army.

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The North Korean missile launch broadcast on South Korean television during a previous test, in March 2023. (Photo by archives)

Seoul and Washington have repeatedly warned that any attack by Pyongyang would inevitably lead to the destruction of its regime.

North Korea has increased its in recent months the testing of weapons banned by the UN.

At the beginning of January, it launched a hypersonic solid-fuel missile and carried out artillery fire with live ammunition near the maritime border with the South, triggering shelter orders on several southern islands. – Koreans near the North Korean coast.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspecting nuclear warheads at an undisclosed location. (File photo)

Seoul responded with counter-exercises in the same region, on the west coast of the peninsula.

North Korea also succeeded in putting a spy satellite into orbit at the end of 2023 after having received, according to Seoul, technological aid from Russia, in exchange of arms deliveries for the war in Ukraine.

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