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India test-fires nuclear-capable missile as tensions grow with China

India test-fires nuclear-capable missile as hostilities grow with China

India on Wednesday tested a nuclear weapon capable surface-to-surface Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile(ICBM) Agni-5 missile with a range of up to 5000 kilometers.

The Indian Ministry of Defense announced that the Agni-5 missile was fired from Abdul Kalam Island east off the coast of India on Wednesday evening.

The missile allegedly has the capability to reach anywhere in China, but India reiterates it is committed to "no first use.”

The Agni-V missile landed in the Bay of Bengal with "a very high degree of accuracy” and has a range of 3,125 miles, a govt statement said. Tensions between China and India flared in 2020 in a disputed border area in the mountainous Ladakh region, which involved clashes between the countries’ militaries.

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