Barbur missile's range extended to 700 kilometres
Thursday July 26th, 2007
Pakistan test fired its weapon in an undisclosed location. A military statement said it would 'consolidate Pakistan's strategic capability and strengthen national security.' The new range is enough to reach India's capital New Delhi. Under a deal Pakistan negotiated with India in 1999, each country must warn the other of ballistic tests, but not cruise missiles. Relations between the self-declared nuclear powers remain tense. They have fought three wars since being separated at independence in 1947, and are deadlocked over Kashmir. But neither has tested any underground weapons since 1998.
The missile launch comes a day after India's cabinet approved a civilian nuclear deal with the U.S. If approved by the American Congress, India would get unprecedented access to American nuclear fuel and equipment to meet energy needs. Pakistan had wanted a similar arrangement with the U.S. But when Washington hesitated, China stepped in to help build 2 reactors. Still, Pakistan and India serve as staunch American allies. Neither country has signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.
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Over the weekend President Pervez Musharraf declared a State of Emergency in Pakistan, instituting martial law, suspending the constitution, and firing the chief justice of the supreme court. Police have also begun rounding up scores of lawyers, judges, and activists, and the state has taken control of many of the private television stations and raided newspaper offices. This puts the Bush administration in a nearly impossible bind: oppose a Musharraf dictatorship or continue to support a leader who has been one of America's lone allies in the region in waging the war on terror. All this under the specter of a nuclear power teetering on the brink of failed statehood.
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Prypiat (Ukrainian: При́п'ять, Pryp'jat’; Russian: При́пять, Pripjat’ is an abandoned city in the Zone of alienation in northern Ukraine, Kiev Oblast, near the border with Belarus. It was home to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant workers. The city was abandoned in 1986 following the Chernobyl disaster. Its population had been around 50,000.
A natural concern is whether it is safe to visit Prypiat and the surrounding area. The Exclusion Zone is considered relatively safe to visit, and several Ukrainian companies offer guided tours of the area. The radiation levels have decreased from the high levels of April 1986 due to the decay of the shortlived isotopes released in the accident.
The city was evacuated in 1986 due to the Chernobyl disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, which is located 10.85 kilometers (9 miles) north-northwest. The power plant was named after the city, and located in Chernobyl Raion (district), but the city was not the residence of the power plant workers. At the time of the construction, a twin city of Chernobyl, Prypiat, was built to be close to the plant for workers.
Though the city is today mostly uninhabited, a small number of inhabitants reside in houses marked with signs stating that the "Owner of this house lives here". Workers on watch and administrative personnel of the Zone of Alienation are stationed in the city on a long term basis. Prior to its evacuation, the city was inhabited by about 55000 residents.
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The British Foreign Secretary, Mr David Miliband – following talks with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice- says both are in agreement about policy on Iran and the need for Tehran to return to the negotiating table over its nuclear power programme.
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