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Pakistan Test Fires Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile

November 28, 2012

Pakistan's military says it has successfully test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

A military statement said the Hatf V Ghauri missile was launched on November 28 from an undisclosed location.

It says the missile can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads over a distance of 1,300 kilometers.

Pakistan became a declared nuclear power in 1998 when it carried out its first underground nuclear tests in response to nuclear tests carried out by its neighbor and rival, India.

Since then the two countries have regularly carried out missile tests.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since gaining independence from Britain in 1947, two of them over the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP

Source: nuclear-capable-ballistic-missile/24783449.html

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