India Extends Nuclear
Arsenal With New Longe
Range Missile
From David Orr In Delhi

INDIA will add a new long-range Agni ballistic missile to its arsenal, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee announced yesterday, as his nation and Pakistan continued their war of words during celebrations of the 52nd anniversary of their independence from Britain.
India test-fired the nuclear-capable Agni II, an upgraded version of the Agni, in April. With a range of more than 1,300 miles, the new version could reach deep into Pakistan or China.
As the rhetoric of conflict flowed, separatists struck at four places in India's rebellion-torn Jammu and Kashmir state on Saturday. In the worst of the violence, three police were killed and 12 wounded when a bomb exploded in the southern district of Udhampur."How can meaningful talks be held in this atmosphere?" Mr Vajpayee asked. "Pakistan must understand that, by encouraging terrorist activities, it can't resolve problems."
Pakistan's Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, said that it had acted with restraint but, referring to the shooting down of a Pakistani aircraft last week, that any future aggression would be met with "a telling response".
Six million people formed a human chain in the Indian state of West Bengal to mark Independence Day. Among them was Jyoti Basu, the Marxist Chief Minister. The chain extended 2,170 miles.