By RIA Novosti
Tokyo : North Korea successfully launched advanced short-range missiles last week, South Korea's Yonhap news agency Monday said.
Yonhap quoted Commander of US Forces in South Korea General B.B. Bell as saying that the solid-fuel missiles were built on latest technology and are capable of being fired rapidly.
"These were successful tests," he said.
North Korea has carried out test of at least three short-range missiles in the past month.
In May 2005, the country launched short-range missiles from its eastern coast, and in July 2006 a total of seven missiles, including the Taepodong-2, which has a range of up to 6,000 km.
Pyongyang's weapons tests have raised international tensions over the country's nuclear programme. The reclusive state is being pushed to meet its February commitments on disarmament, in particular shutting down its nuclear reactor in return for aid.