Pakistan successfully test-fired a new version of its long-range nuclear-capable missile called Shaheen II that has a range of 1,245 miles as part of its "process of validation and technical improvement." Islamabad says that it wants to develop a "land-based strategic missile systems" and this test will "consolidate and verify" its arsenal which it says "can carry nuclear and conventional warheads with high accuracy." Islamabad says that the test is "an important milestone in Pakistan's quest for sustaining strategic balance in South Asia."
The test comes just two days after signing an agreement with New Delhi to reduce the risk of accidental nuclear war between the two South Asian nuclear powers. Pakistan says that its nuclear arsenal is part of its "credible minimum deterrence" which will "guarantee of peace in the region."