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North Korea tests a missile and the western world goes berserk.
India tests a missile capable of a nuclear strike on Beijing and Shanghai and it raises no concerns.

WHY?

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India tests nuke-capable missile able to hit China
Associated PressBy RAVI NESSMAN | Associated Press – April 18, 2012

NEW DELHI (AP) — India announced Thursday that it had successfully test launched a new nuclear-capable missile that
would give it, for the first time, the capability of striking the major Chinese cities of Beijing and Shanghai.

The government has hailed the Agni-V missile, with a range of 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles), as a major boost to its
efforts to counter China's regional dominance and become an Asian power in its own right.

The head of India's Defense Research and Development Organization, Vijay Saraswat, said the missile was launched at
8:07 a.m. from Wheeler Island off India's east coast.

It rose to an altitude of more than 600 kilometers (370 miles), its three stages worked properly and its payload was
deployed as planned, he told Times Now news channel.

"India has emerged from this launch as a major missile power," he said.

The window for the launch opened Wednesday night, but the test had to be postponed because of weather conditions.

Avinash Chandra, mission director for the test, said that when the launch took place Thursday morning the missile
performed as planned.

"We have achieved exactly what we wanted to achieve in this mission," he told Times Now.

The Agni-V is a solid-fuel, three-stage missile designed to carry a 1.5-ton nuclear warhead. It stands 17.5 meters
(57 feet) tall, has a launch weight of 50 tons and was built at a reported cost of 25 billion rupees ($486 million).
It can be moved across the country by road or rail and can be used to carry multiple warheads or to launch satellites
into orbit.

The missile will need four or five more trials before it can be inducted into India's arsenal at some point in 2014
or 2015, Indian officials said.

China is far ahead of India in the missile race, with intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching
anywhere in India. Currently, the longest-range Indian missile, the Agni-III, has a range of only 3,500 kilometers
(2,100 miles) and falls short of many major Chinese cities.

India hailed Thursday's test as a major step in its fight to be seen as a world power.

"India has today become a nation with the capability to develop, produce, build long-range ballistic missiles and
today we are among the six countries who have this capability," Saraswat said.

India and China fought a war in 1962 and continue to nurse a border dispute. India has also been suspicious of
Beijing's efforts to increase its influence in the Indian Ocean in recent years.

"While China doesn't really consider India any kind of a threat or any kind of a rival, India definitely doesn't
think in the same way," said Rahul Bedi, a defense analyst in New Delhi.

India already has the capability of hitting anywhere inside archrival Pakistan, but has engaged in a splurge of
defense spending in recent years to counter the perceived Chinese threat.

The Indian navy took command of a Russian nuclear submarine earlier this year, and India is expected to take delivery
of a retrofitted Soviet-built aircraft carrier soon.

The new Agni, named for the Hindi word for fire, is part of this military buildup and was designed to hit deep inside
China, Bedi said.

Government officials said the missile should not be seen as a threat.

"We have a declared no-first-use policy, and all our missile systems, they are not country specific. There is no
threat to anybody," said Ravi Gupta, spokesman for the Defense Research and Development Organization, which built
the missile. "Our missile systems are purely for deterrence and to meet our security needs."

The test came days after North Korea's failed long-range rocket launch. North Korea said the rocket was launched to
put a satellite into space, but the U.S. and other countries said it was a cover for testing long-range missile
technology.

One Delhi-based Western diplomat dismissed comparisons with the international condemnation of North Korea's launch,
saying that Pyongyang was violating U.N. Security Council resolutions requiring it to suspend its missile program,
while India is not considered a global threat. The diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not
authorized to comment on India's security affairs.

In Washington, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the United States urges all nuclear-capable states to
exercise restraint regarding nuclear capabilities.

"That said, India has a solid non-proliferation record," he told a news briefing. "They're engaged with the
international community on non-proliferation issues."

Some reports characterized the Agni-V as an intercontinental ballistic missile — which would make India one of the
few countries to have that capability — but Gupta and analysts said its range fell short of that category.

India has no need for such sophisticated weapons, said Rajaram Nagappa, a missile expert and the head of the
International Strategic and Security Studies Program at the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore.

"I don't think our threat perceptions are anything beyond this region," he said.
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This post was edited by edisonone at 2012-4-18 21:54



The Americans knows full well that China's DF's weren't
aimed at India then but designed specifically as a retaliatory strike against America
if America is foolish enough to threaten (not posture) China with nukes again as in the McArthur days,
as in the LBJ days, and as in the early Nixon years.

What then then is America's second
best alternative in dealing with an America-in-range DF-31, 41, DF-5,
and the Guam in range DF-21??

They turn these dumb
turban tops, rather than America, into the center of
Chinese focus instead!

To achieve this, they know they have to arm these dummies, and arming

these dummies means the transfering of technologies which enables these turban tops to be able to

reach Beijing and Shanghai with their Acnes... A very cunning and evil affair...

Truth and facts: Prior to 2004, the most

deadliest weapon China have in her western front was J-5's (MiG-17's),
J-6's and theatre weaponry's...

However, ever since these turban tops boldly announced their [Beijing and not
Moscow or Washington in-range Acne-III's], Beijing started dispatching her latest wares (i.e., J-10's, 11's,
JH-7A's, DF-11, 15, 25 and now the DF-16 all with this Beijing-in-range Acne in mind...

If that doesn't speak volumes, then I don't know what does...





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Post time 2012-4-19 13:49:34 |Display all floors
Well India at large is considered a less hostile nation right?

North Korea is far more likely to bomb South Korea or japan than India is to bomb China and Pakistan. Or scratch Pakistan, maybe that's the most probable of cases

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pantarhei Post time: 2012-4-18 21:49
Well India at large is considered a less hostile nation right?

North Korea is far more likely to bo ...

Yes, the western world considers bombing China much less hostile than bombing South Korea.
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Post time 2012-4-19 13:57:29 |Display all floors
This Indian missile is a 'democratic' missile and is only capable of 'collateral damage'. Whereas, a N. Korean missile is a weapon and only capable of being used for war and destruction of innocent democratic people's.

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edisonone Post time: 2012-4-18 21:47
The Americans knows full well that China's DF's weren't
aimed at India then but designed specifica ...

The thought of nuclear war isn't conducive to sleep but sleep I must. It's late here.
Good day to those of you in the east.
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Post time 2012-4-19 14:17:23 |Display all floors
This post was edited by pantarhei at 2012-4-19 14:17
robert237 Post time: 2012-4-19 13:53
Yes, the western world considers bombing China much less hostile than bombing South Korea.

reading comprehension? And what's with the paranoia. I thought India was in the BRIC boat of international peace,love and understanding.

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