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BHUBANESHWAR: India has conducted its first test of a nuclear-capable ballistic missile with the range to reach the Chinese cities of Beijing and Shanghai.
The Agni-III missile, which has a range of 4000km, was launched yesterday from Wheeler Island, 180km northeast of Bhubaneshwar in the eastern state of Orissa, defence officials said.
In May, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee said the Agni-III, India's longest-range ballistic missile, was ready but that the country was observing "self-imposed restraint" before testing.
Opposition parties criticised the delay, blaming US pressure.
New Delhi and Washington reached a landmark deal in March that will have sanctions lifted on India's access to civilian nuclear technology.
Sunday's test launch came just four days after North Korea sparked an international outcry by test-firing seven missiles.
A Defence Research and Development Organisation source said the Indian test was successful.
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Originally posted by netscape
Though DRDO says test was successful, In reality test failed.
Agni 3 didin't achive the required altitude.
Originally posted by Daedalus3
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