U.S. cautions against destabilizing implications of India's missile launch

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WASHINGTON. April 20. KAZINFORM The United States on Thursday urged nuclear-capable states to "exercise restraint" after India test-fired a long-range missile, while cautioning against its destabilizing implications on the South Asia region, according to Xinhua.

"We urge all nuclear-capable states to exercise restraint regarding nuclear and missile capabilities, and continue to discourage actions that might destabilize the South Asia region," White House spokesman Jay Carney said at a news briefing.

Carney was responding to a question that how the U.S. reacted to the criticism that the Western powers were not condemnatory enough over India's move, in sharp contrast to its angry reaction to the rocket launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)last week.

But Carney rejected the comparison between India and DPRK, saying that "India's record stands in stark contrast to that of North Korea, which has been subject to numerous sanctions ... by the United Nations Security Council."

At the same time, the U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner also defended the U.S. refusal to draw comparisons between India's missile test and the DPRK's rocket launch.

Toner told reporters at the daily news briefing that both Israel and India have been "very much engaged in the international community on nonproliferation issues," noting they both have attended the two nuclear security summits, held in the U.S. in 2010 and in South Korea last month.

India announced on Thursday that it successfully test-fired its homemade nuclear-capable Agni-V intercontinental ballistic missile, with a strike range of over 5,000 kilometers.

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