Pakistan has test-fired a ballistic missile that appears capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to every part of India, another escalation in Islamabad’s effort to kee pace with its neighbouring rival’s formidable military advancements. Pakistani military leaders said the Shaheen-III missile has a range of up to 1,700 miles, which could enable it to reach deep into the Middle East, including Israel. After the missile was fired into the Arabian Sea on Monday, the head of the military unit that oversees Pakistan’s nuclear program congratulated scientists and engineers for “achieving yet another milestone of historic significance.”
France: President Hollande has announced that there was “no question” that France would reduce its commitment to nuclear weapons in a major speech outlining France’s nuclear doctrine and policies. In his speech, delivered at the Istres-Le Tubé air force base – home to a squadron of nuclear-capable Mirage 2000N aircraft. – Hollande declared that, “in a dangerous world – and it is dangerous – France does not intend to lower our guard”. The speech followed the custom in France where the President of the Republic – uniquely responsible for military nuclear matters – announces his policies on nuclear weapons during a single highprofile speech, and then remains silent on the topic for the remainder of his term of office.
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Prince Trurki al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia says that if the West strikes a nuclear deal with Iran, it is likely that many other countries will demand the same allowances. During an interview with the BBC, he warned that Saudi Arabia was among the nations that would seek the same rights, and that a situation where Iran could continue its enrichment programme would lead to the development of atomic weapons elsewhere.