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N. Korea fires five short-range missiles off east coast

All Headlines 21:51 October 12, 2009

(ATTN: REVISES number of missiles N. Korea fired, UPDATES throughout)

SEOUL, Oct. 12 (Yonhap) -- North Korea fired five short-range missiles into the East Sea on Monday afternoon, a South Korean government source said.

The missiles were launched one by one from an area south of Wonsan, Gangwon Province, according to the source. North Korea has declared a navigation ban in waters off its east and west coasts from Oct. 10 to 20, the source added.

Military experts here said the missiles were likely fired as part of a routine military exercise but that there is a possibility it was meant as a "demonstration of power" to draw international attention.

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