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S. Korea: North's Missile Test Unrelated to Kim's Death

Replicas of North Korea's Scud-B missile, center, and South Korean missiles in Seoul, June 2010 (file photo).

A South Korean Defense Ministry official has confirmed that North Korea test fired a short-range missile Monday, hours before announcing the death of Kim Jong-IL. But the official says the test was probably not related to the North Korean leader's death.

The missile test confirmation came shortly after South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported a launch off the secretive communist state's east coast.

The North periodically test fires short-range missiles into coastal waters as part of routine military trainings.

Yonhap said Pyongyang test-fired a short-range missile off its western coast in June. The news agency reported the launch of that KN-06 missile was aimed at measuring the missile's increased range.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.