North Korea test fired a short-range missile on the east coast hours before the death of its leader Kim Jong-il was announced on Monday.
According to local news reports, the South Korean government confirmed that North Korea conducted a missile test around 8 a.m.
The number and type of missile fired was not confirmed. The exercise, however, is thought to be unrelated to the death of Kim Jong-il.
“The event is an issue the (South Korean) military has been tracking, and it is thought to be unrelated to Kim Jong-il’s death,” an unnamed government official was quoted as saying by a local news agency.
Pyongyang has conducted several drills firing surface-to-air missiles this year, and was reported to be preparing to test a ground-to-ship missile from a base in North Korean part of Gangwon Province.