North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un
This picture taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on February 25, 2014 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Photo by AFP
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North Korea fired four short-range missiles toward the sea off the country's east coast on Thursday, a media official at South Korea's Defense Ministry said, while providing no information on the purpose of the firing.

North Korea fired the missiles at 5:42 p.m. (0842 GMT) from a mountain site just north of the border with the South, the official said.

North Korea has in the past fired short-range missiles into the sea as part of military exercises.