Pakistan Test-Fires Nuke-Capable Missile

Pakistan test-fired a short-range nuclear-capable missile Wednesday, the second in just over a week despite a thaw in relations with neighboring India, a senior defense official said.

The test was of a Shaheen missile (search), with a range of 435 miles, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The latest test came nine days after Pakistan test-fired a Ghaznavi missile (search), a short-range nuclear-capable missile. At the time, officials said they would carry out more tests in the coming days.

India tested a missile the following day, in the latest round of the tit-for-tat launches by the rival neighbors.

Pakistan became a declared nuclear power (search) on May 28, 1998, when it conducted underground nuclear tests in response to those carried out by India. It tested its first missile the same year.

Pakistan and India have a history of bitter relations and have fought three wars since they gained independence from Britain in 1947.