India Slams North Korea Rocket Test, Then Launches Its Own

India Slams North Korea Rocket Test, Then Launches Its Own | Military terms nuke-capable launch a success

The Indian government has issued a statement condemning North Korea for a successful long-range rocket test, which put a satellite into orbit. Officials termed it “unwarranted” and a threat to regional stability.

At roughly the same time, India launched their own long-range missile test, firing a nuclear-capable surface to surface Agni-1 ballistic missile off the Odisha coast.

Officials gave no indication as to why the firing was timed so closely to the statement, or indeed any indication that they understood exactly how hypocritical the launch makes them look on the matter.

North Korea withdrew from the nuclear non-proliferation treaty in 2003 and though it has done some nominally successful detonations is not believed to have warheads capable of loading onto their missiles. India, on the other hand, has never been a member of the NPT at all, and has a significant nuclear arsenal. So far the international community has not commented on India’s missile test at all, and appears to busy railing at North Korea.

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  • John Watson

    Who would have believed it? Tu quoque, India?
    From the US or Israel, or even France, let alone the UK, this would have come as no surprise, but India!
    It is true that India is fascist country; in a sense, it is still being ruled by the Brits.

  • Andron

    Hypocracy At Its most blatent best..
    No reaction from UN Security Council.
    Only The Most Renegade Nations Are Permitted To Possess And Test Weapons of Mass Destruction.
    How Dare North Korea Dare To Join This Elite Band.