Pakistan test-fires possible nuclear missile

March 21, 2006 07:42


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Pakistan successfully test-fired a locally developed cruise missile Tuesday with the ability to carry a nuclear warhead and hit targets within a 500-kilometer (310-mile) range, the army said in a statement. Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf witnessed the firing, which took place at an undisclosed location inside Pakistan and was the second test of the Hatf VII cruise missile, which is also known as the Babur, the statement said. The previous firing was conducted last August on Musharraf's 62nd birthday. "All phases of the planned trajectory were extremely successful and the missile impacted with pinpoint accuracy," the military said in a statement. Pakistan's nuclear-armed neighbor India was not given prior notice of the cruise missile's test-firing as it did not fall under an accord that covers notification of ballistic missile tests, a senior security official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment to the media.

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