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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 July, 2004, 10:52 GMT 11:52 UK
India tests short-range missile
Indian Agni missile
India tested an Agni missile
India says it has successfully tested a short-range missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

The surface-to-surface Agni missile, with a strike range of 700km, was fired from an island off the east coast state of Orissa, a defence official said.

Pakistan tested a medium-range missile last month. Both countries routinely test missiles despite peace moves.

Pakistan was not concerned by this latest test, a foreign affairs official was quoted as saying by AFP.

During recent talks, Delhi and Islamabad agreed to renew a ban on nuclear weapons tests, to notify each other about impending missile tests and to set up a hotline to alert each other to potential nuclear risks.


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