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2009/05/29 20:10 KST
(LEAD) N. Korea fires new type of short-range missile off east coast: source

   SEOUL, May 29 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has launched a short-range missile from its Musudan-ri rocket launch site on the country's east coast, a South Korean government official said Friday.

   "What the North has launched this time appears to be different from what it had launched (previously)," the official said. "It is a new type of a land-to-air missile," the official said.

   North Korea launched the missile, with an estimated range of 160 km, into the East Sea at around 6:12 p.m., according to the official.

   The North has been firing a series of missiles since Monday, when it said it successfully conducted its second nuclear test.