North Korea test fired multiple cruise missiles on Tuesday amid a rise in tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Iran PressAsia: 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, it said.

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

North Korean state media KCNA reported last week that the country had tested a new strategic cruise missile.

It is said that Sunday's launch was a test of the new submarine-launched cruise missiles (SLCM) dubbed "Pulhwasal-3-31" and 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. 219

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