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Pakistan's medium-range nuclear capable ballistic missile Shaheen-1 takes off from an undisclosed location in this file photo from October, 2003.
updated 3/9/2004 8:21:47 AM ET 2004-03-09T13:21:47

Pakistan on Tuesday tested its longest-range missile yet, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and hitting targets in neighboring India, a defense ministry official said.

The official, who did not want to be named, said the test was "100 percent successful." He added that the missile could carry both conventional and unconventional warheads, but would not disclose where the test was conducted.

The Shaheen 2 missile has a range of 1,250 miles. Pakistan's previous longest-range missile was the Ghouri tested in 1997, which has a range of 810 miles.

Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesman Masood Khan said on Monday that "neighbors and concerned countries," including India, would be informed in advance of the test -- which comes despite peace moves in recent months between the South Asian rivals.

The nuclear-armed neighbors have started talks on a roadmap to peace that will include negotiations to solve their dispute over divided Kashmir -- the issue at the heart of their five decades of hostility.

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