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India tests nuclear-capable missile to deter China

Randy Mancini 232 October 29, 2021
FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, file photo, the long range ballistic Agni-V missile is displayed during Republic Day parade, in New Delhi, India. India has successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile with a strike range of 5,000 kilometers (3,125 miles) from an island off India's east coast on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, amid rising border tensions with China. Beijing's powerful missile arsenal has driven New Delhi to improve its weapons systems in recent years, with the Agni-5 believed to be able to strike nearly all of China. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)

FILE – In this Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, file photo, the long range ballistic Agni-V missile is displayed during Republic Day parade, in New Delhi, India. India has successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile with a strike range of 5,000 kilometers (3,125 miles) from an island off India’s east coast on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, amid rising border tensions with China.(AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)

India tested a nuclear-capable ballistic missile amid growing military threats by China. Defense officials in New Delhi confirmed they successfully tested a surface-to-surface missile called Agni-V on Wednesday.

The missile reportedly hit its target “with a high degree of accuracy.” Agni-V has a range of more than 3,000 miles and it can carry a payload on more than one metric ton, including a nuclear warhead.

The test came after Indo-Chinese talks to resolve border tensions grounded to a halt in recent weeks.

“Why shouldn’t we have an insurance policy against a belligerent China?” asked Maj. Gaurav Arya (Ret.) military commentator. “Of course we’re aiming it at China, who else is there?” 

🙂 Don’t miss the audio as locals film today’s Agni-V launch from Odisha’s coast. (Via @kanak_news) pic.twitter.com/IaNxGqpg2p

— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) October 27, 2021

Indian officials said they are committed to the “no first use” doctrine and they will only use nuclear weapons for self-defense. Meanwhile, India’s nuclear program is not authorized under United Nations resolutions.

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