China on Thursday questioned India’s missile programme citing a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution passed in 1998.
India’s 5000-km range missile project – Agni V – has received widespread attention and apparently caused a great concern in China.
The missile, which is capable of carrying nuclear warhead, has been successfully tested five times and is in the process of induction into the Army.
Very few countries, including the US, China, Russia, France and North Korea, have intercontinental ballistic missiles.
When asked about India’s missile project, which will bring many Chinese cities in its range, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson said, “As for whether India can develop ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, the UNSCR 1172 already has clear stipulations.”
“Maintaining peace, security and stability in South Asia meets the common interests of all, where China hopes that all parties would make constructive efforts,” he added.
Zhao was referring to the UNSC resolution 1172, adopted in June 1998.
In the aftermath of the 1998 nuclear tests, the resolution urged both India and Pakistan to immediately stop their nuclear weapon development programmes, cap their nuclear weapons programmes, cease all fissile material production and end development of ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.