North Korea launches missile in 'military drill'

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

According to the Japanese Defense Ministry, North Korea has fired a short-range missile today into the Sea of Japan. Officials believed it to be part of a regular exercise.

"North Korea fired a short-range missile in what appeared to be part of a military drill," a Japanese Defense Ministry official was quoted as saying by Yonhap News Agency.

A South Korean defense spokesman said such tests are routine.

"We don't deny that North Korea fired a missile," South Korean Army Colonel Ha Doo-chul, told Yonhap. "If it did, we regard it as a routine exercise."

The test comes at the time when North Korea is inviting inspectors in to discuss its nuclear programs.

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