India’s sharp remarks after China’s Comment On Agni-V Missile Test

On Tuesday, India said that its strategic capabilities were not targeted against any other country and that it abides by all international obligations. Adding that India expects other countries also to abide by all applicable international obligations, it responded to China’s reaction to India’s test firing of the Agni-V intercontinental ballistic missile. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, “India's strategic capabilities are not targeted against any particular country. India abides by all the applicable international obligations and hopes that all other do the same. India's strategic autonomy and growing engagement contributes to strategic stability.”

Beijing maintained that the two nations are partners for cooperation and not rivals for competition. Also, it took exception to media reports that India's test-firing of the nuclear-capable Agni-V intercontinental ballistic missile or ICBM was meant to target China.

"We have noted reports on India's test fire of Agni-V ballistic missile. The UN Security Council has explicit regulations on whether India can develop ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons, “said China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying in Beijing.

 

India had successfully test-fired Agni-V on Monday. This nuclear-capable inter-continental ballistic missile has a range of over 5,000 km that covers entire China. This may pave the way for user trial of the weapons system and itsM induction into the Strategic Forces Command (SFC).

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