Posts Tagged ‘nuclear’

Pakistan tests long-range ballistic missile

April 19, 2008

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan successfully test fired a long-range, nuclear-capable ballistic missile on Saturday, the military said, in the first missile test under a new government installed last month.

“The missile Hatf-VI (Shaheen-2) has a range of 2000 km (1,200 miles) and can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads,” the military said in a statement.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani watched the test of the surface-to-surface missile and congratulated engineers and scientists for achieving an “important milestone” in Pakistan’s quest for sustaining strategic balance in South Asia, it said.

Nuclear-armed Pakistan and India routinely carry out missile tests despite a peace process they launched in early 2004.

The South Asian neighbors, who conducted tit-for-tat nuclear weapons tests in 1998, inform each other of missile tests in advance.

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A Hatf III missile is being launched in February 2008. Pakistan ... 
A Hatf III missile is being launched in February 2008. Pakistan on Saturday test-fired a long-range ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads, the military said.

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Pakistan's nuclear-capable missile, Ghauri, is driven with its ...
Another of Pakistan’s missiles, Ghauri, is driven with its mobile launcher during National Day military parade in Islamabad March 23, 2008.(Mian Khursheed/Reuters)

 

 

 

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Seoul’s new chief brings sea change

April 17, 2008

By Betsy Pisik
The Washington Times
April 17, 2008

NEW YORK — Four years ago, a poll of cadets at South Korea’s premier military academy found more entrants considered the United States their nation’s worst enemy — worse than North Korea.
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Today, Washington leaders will meet a new South Korean president who is determined to change that frame of mind.
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“The days of ideology are over. The politicization of alliance relations shall be behind us. We shall not let ideology and politics blind us from common interests, values and norms,” Lee Myung-bak told the Korean Society at the beginning of a five-day trip to the U.S.

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (left) greets U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York at the start of his five-day visit to the U.S. Mr. Lee arrived in Washington late yesterday. (Associated Press)
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Mr. Lee, sworn in for a five-year term just two months ago, also enjoys a majority in South Korea’s legislature for his conservative Grand National Party.
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The recent presidential and parliamentary elections mark a sharp turn in South Korea’s political climate, with voters weary after spending billions of dollars in hopes of promoting peace with North Korea only to see the North develop and test an atomic bomb.

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Nuclear attack on D.C. a hypothetical disaster

April 16, 2008

By Gary Emerling
The Washington Times
April 16, 2008

A nuclear device detonated near the White House would kill roughly 100,000 people and flatten downtown federal buildings, while the radioactive plume from the explosion would likely spread toward the Capitol and into Southeast D.C., contaminating thousands more.

 

The blast from the 10-kiloton bomb — similar to the bomb dropped over Hiroshima during World War II — would kill up to one in 10 tourists visiting the Washington Monument and send shards of glass flying the length of the National Mall, in a scenario that has become increasingly likely to occur in a major U.S. city in recent years, panel members told a Senate committee yesterday.

 

“It’s inevitable,” said Cham E. Dallas, director of the Institute for Health Management and Mass Destruction Defense at the University of Georgia, who has charted the potential explosion’s effect in the District and testified before a hearing of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. “I think it’s wistful to think that it won’t happen by 20….years.”

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