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China questions India’s missile project

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 17, Sep 2021
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China cited a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution issued after the 1998 nuclear tests to question India’s missile programme amid reports of an upcoming test for the Agni-V intercontinental ballistic missile.

The UNSC Resolution 1172 calls upon India and Pakistan:

  • To stop their nuclear weapon development programmes
  • To refrain from weaponisation or from the deployment of nuclear weapons
  • To cease development of ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons and any further production of fissile material for nuclear weapons
  • To confirm their policies not to export equipment, materials or technology that could contribute to weapons of mass destruction or missiles capable of delivering them and to undertake appropriate commitments in that regard.

About Agni-V Missile

  • Agni-V is a Indian nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation.
  • The missile is believed to have a range of around 5,000 to 8,000 km.
  • It is a three-stage, road-mobile and solid-fueled missile which is transported by a truck and launched via a canister.
  • India is the eighth country to have intercontinental ballistic missiles after the US, UK, Russia, China, France, Israel and North Korea