Pakistan Tests 5th Nuclear Missile

Xinhua07.06.2012 Asia
Pakistan Tests 5th Nuclear Missile

Pakistan Tests 5th Nuclear Missile

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Earlier this week, Pakistan has tested a fifth missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead since rival India launched a new long-range weapon of its own around six weeks ago.

The Pakistani military says the missile has stealth capabilities and a range of 700 kilometers.

The test is Pakistan's fifth of a nuclear-capable missile since April 25.

On April 20, India successfully test fired the Agni V, capable of delivering a one tonne nuclear warhead anywhere in rival China, marking a major advance in its military capabilities.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947.

Each has carried out routine missile tests since both demonstrated nuclear weapons capability in 1998.

Defense analysts say India's strategic priorities are focusing more on China, while Pakistan is still concerned about its eastern neighbor.

Photo: This handout photo released by the Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) office shows a Hatf VII nuclear-capable cruise missile being launched from an undisclosed location in Pakistan, June 5, 2012. Pakistan successfully tested a nuclear-capable cruise missile with a range of 700 km on Tuesday, the military said.

Source: Xinhua Photo/ISPR



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