India has tested a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) days after Donald Trump called for an international nuclear arms race.
India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Defense Ministry announced the test on Monday. In a statement, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Successful test firing of Agni V makes every Indian very proud. It will add tremendous strength to our strategic defence.”
The missile was fired from a mobile launcher from an island off the coast of the eastern Indian state of Odisha.
On December 22, Trump said, “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.” Expanding on his statement to the pro-Trump hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Trump said, “Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.”
Russian president Vladimir Putin also released comments in the last week supporting Russian aggression in building up that nation’s nuclear arsenal.
The United States and Russia have the two largest nuclear arsenals in the world, with enough firepower to kill billions, effectively destroying all life on earth.