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Pakistan Calls India's Nuclear Bluff in a Subcontinent Standoff

MIN READApr 5, 2018 | 15:14 GMT

The Pakistani military displays some of its missiles at the Nur Khan air base on Sept. 6, 2017.

The Pakistani military displays some of its missiles at the Nur Khan air base on Sept. 6, 2017.

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In the subcontinent, the road to ruin is paved with seemingly sound calculations, if not always good intentions. Seeking to gain an advantage over the other, Pakistan and India find themselves on the edge of a new nuclear arms race, as Islamabad prepares to introduce new missiles capable of delivering several independent warheads and New Delhi debates whether to roll out its own tactical nuclear weapons. The escalating competition, however, risks igniting a conflict in which both sides reach for the nuclear button....

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