India successfully tests nuclear-capable missile

Feb 07, 2010 By MUNEEZA NAQVI , Associated Press Writer

(AP) -- India again successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable missile Sunday that can hit targets across much of Asia and the Middle East, a defense ministry statement said.

It was the fourth test of the Agni III missile, the statement added. The first attempt in 2006 failed, but last two tests were successful.

"The Agni III missile tested for the full range, hit the target with pinpoint accuracy and met all the mission objectives," the press release added.

India's current arsenal of missiles is largely intended for confronting archrival Pakistan. The Agni III, in contrast, is India's longest-range missile, designed to reach 3,000 kilometers (1,900 miles) - putting China's major cities well into range, as well as Middle Eastern targets.

India's homegrown missile arsenal already includes the short-range Prithvi , the medium-range Akash, the anti-tank Nag and the supersonic Brahmos missile, developed jointly with Russia.

The missile was launched from Wheeler Island off the eastern state of Orissa on Sunday morning.

The test appeared unlikely to significantly raise tensions in the region.

Nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan usually notify each other ahead of such launches, in keeping with an agreement between the two nations. India and Pakistan have fought three wars since they gained independence from Britain in 1947.

The two sides began talks aimed at resolving their differences over the Himalayan region of Kashmir and other disputes in 2004. India put the peace process on hold soon after terrorist attacks in Mumbai in November 2008, which India blamed on the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

recently offered to restart peace talks, though Pakistan has yet to formally accept.

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1 / 5 (4) Feb 07, 2010
And we still give them billions in "aid".

Hey, we're America. We're governed by idiots who think money grows on trees and that the goose that laid the golden egg never dies.

Giving away billions to people who hate your guts and rig markets through slave labor seems to be a matter of policy for America the past 20 years or so, no wonder our deficits keep getting bigger and bigger.

Ezekiel 16:34
And the contrary is in thee from other women(nations) in thy whoredoms, whereas none followeth thee to commit whoredoms: and in that thou givest a reward, and no reward is given unto thee, therefore thou art contrary.
4 / 5 (3) Feb 08, 2010
@Dirk - The missile launch is by India, largest democratic country in the world and not by Pakistan. India has an indigenous Missile, Space exploration and Nuclear program and has never once shared tech with rogue nations [unlike A Q Khan from Pakistan]. And India has no first use policy of Nuclear weapons.

Billions of aid is provided to Pakistan to keep them supporting US initiative of Afghan War - and aid to be used against terrorist. And this aid is provided in form of F-16 [Nuclear capable]. Funny. Trust me you want to do lot of reading on difference between India and Pakistan.
1 / 5 (1) Feb 08, 2010
The missile launch is by India, largest democratic country in the world and not by Pakistan.
India is not party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty - along with Israel, North Korea, and Pakistan.
5 / 5 (1) Feb 08, 2010
I appreciate your understanding of the India's current status with regard to NNPT. However - please refer to India's stand on NNPT - as to why India won't sign NNPT.

Wikipedia - http://en.wikiped...n_Treaty

If India did not sign the NPT, it is not because of its lack of commitment for non-proliferation, but because we consider NPT as a flawed treaty and it did not recognise the need for universal, non-discriminatory verification and treatment."[28] China and India have a longstanding border dispute, including a border war in 1962.

Just for the reason US developed Nuclear Weapons in first place - India doesn't wants to sign NPT. And trust me - the countries you are comparing India with - there is no match. In the history of 2000 years - it hasn't invaded any country and has only defended its turf. And having a no first use policy when you have a neighbour like China - you need lot of guts, patience and committment.
1 / 5 (1) Feb 10, 2010
In the history of 2000 years - it hasn't invaded any country and has only defended its turf.
Care to mention the McMahon Line? Care to mention that the words "defended" and "own turf" are not without bias?
And having a no first use policy when you have a neighbour like China - you need lot of guts, patience and committment.
The phrasing "a neighbour like China" makes me wonder what the analogous phrasing "a neighbour like India" could mean in China.

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