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US expresses concern over India’s reported missile launch

Expressing concern over India’s reported ballistic missile launch recently, the US has said such actions could potentially “increase” the risk to nuclear security and have an impact on regional security.

“We’re concerned by any nuclear and missile developments that could potentially increase the risk to nuclear security risk or lower the threshold for nuclear use,” State Department Spokesman Mark Toner told reporters.

“So we continue to urge all states with nuclear weapons to exercise restraint regarding their missile and nuclear capabilities,” Toner said when asked about India’s reported ballistic missile test.

He said a State Department official had shared its concerns with New Delhi.

“We are concerned,” Toner reiterated yesterday when asked if the US was concerned about India’s ballistic missile programme.

“We are concerned about those kind of actions what they do for regional security,” he said.

While his answer was general in nature, a senior State Department official pointed out that it included India and the spokesperson’s response was against an India-specific question.

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