updated 10/29/2006 9:12:54 PM ET 2006-10-30T02:12:54

North Korea fired five short-range missiles during training exercises last week, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday.

The ground-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, which have ranges from 6 miles to 31 miles, were fired at a training ground in the west of the country, South Korea’s largest newspaper, Chosun Ilbo, reported, citing an unidentified government official.

It was part of an annual training to test the combat readiness of the North’s military, but it is unusual for the North to fire such a large number of missiles, the official was quoted as saying.

South Korea was analyzing the North’s intentions, the official said.

The report came amid speculation that North Korea may be preparing to conduct a second nuclear test following its first-ever on Oct. 9.

On Saturday, South Korean media reported that authorities had detected the movement of trucks and soldiers at a suspected test site in northeastern North Korea.

North Korea fired a series of missiles in July, including a long-range one that could potentially hit the United States.

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