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Pakistan tests second missile

File photo of a Hatf-3 Ghaznavi missile during a May 2002 test.
File photo of a Hatf-3 Ghaznavi missile during a May 2002 test.

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan has conducted its second test of a nuclear-capable missile in less than a week.

Pakistan's military test-fired the medium range Hatf-4 missile, also known as the Shaheen 1, early Wednesday, but would not reveal where the launch took place.

Islamabad says the missile is capable of reaching targets up to 700 kilometers (435 miles) away, meaning it can hit most major targets in neighboring nuclear rival India.

"The test is part of the ongoing series of tests of Pakistan's indigenous missile systems," the army said in a statement.

Pakistan said India and other neighboring countries had been informed of the test in advance, in accordance with standard procedure.

In New Delhi, the Indian Defense Ministry spokesman could not be reached immediately for comment.

On Friday last week, Pakistan tested a short-range missile capable of carrying nuclear weapons, the first of several planned launches since the last test in March.

That surface-to-surface Hatf-3 Ghaznavi missile had a range of 290 kilometers (180 miles).

In March, Pakistan and India conducted a series of missile tests, raising fears of a heightened arms race between the two South Asian rivals.

Since achieving independence from Britain in 1947, India and Pakistan have fought three wars, two of them over the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir.

In mid-2002 the two countries stood on the brink of a fourth war amid tensions over what India said was Pakistani support for Islamic militants carrying out terrorist attacks on Indian soil.

Pakistan denies the Indian charges, saying it only gives moral support to groups advocating the right of the Kashmiri people to self-determination.

In recent months the two sides have made tentative steps towards easing tensions, re-establishing full diplomatic ties and reconnecting transport links.

However, both countries retain tens of thousands of troops along their joint frontier and conduct regular missile tests as a way of flexing diplomatic muscle and demonstrating their military readiness.

-- CNN Producer Syed Mohsin Naqvi contributed to this report


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