April 21st, 2012
(HigginsBlog) – Within the last few minutes, Bloomberg has popped up two rather disturbing headlines – that for all intent and purpose have been totally ignored by the trading public at large.
Recently India announced they are refusing to abide by US imposed sanctions against Iran.
In utter defiance the have even entered into a contract to purchase Iranian oil.
Conveniently the media has responded by hyping up India’s nuclear weapons even though they have had them for years.
There is also a campaign of propaganda trying to pit China against them by running headlines that India is test firing nuclear capable intercontinental missiles capable of reaching China.
Zero Hedge reports:
India Test Fires Long-Range Missile Agni-V, CNN-IBN Says
S.Korea Deploys Missiles in Case of N.Korea Provocation: Yonhap
So Asia in general is in major sabre-rattling mode tonight with the following comment: South Korea’s military will firmly and thoroughly punish North Korea for any reckless pro
Within the last few minutes, Bloomberg has popped up a few rather disturbing headlines – that for all intent and purpose have been totally ignored by the trading public at large (obviously WWIII is priced in).
- India Test Fires Long-Range Missile Agni-V, CNN-IBN Says
- *INDIA MISSILE TEST FLIGHT `IMMACULATE,’ DEFENSE MINISTRY SAYS
- S.Korea Deploys Missiles in Case of N.Korea Provocation: Yonhap
- *N.KOREA’S KIM JONG UN CALLS FOR STRENGTHENED MILITARY, NHK SAYS
So Asia in general is in major sabre-rattling mode tonight with the following comment: South Korea’s military will firmly and thoroughly punish North Korea for any reckless provocation, Yonhap cited Shin as saying. We choose ‘not to play’.
April 19 (Bloomberg) — South Korea’s military has deployed cruise missiles capable of hitting key nuclear and missile facilities in North Korea, Yonhap News said, citing South Korea Major General Shin Won Sik.
South Korea’s military will firmly and thoroughly punish North Korea for any reckless provocation, Yonhap cited Shin as saying
The Deccan Herald reports:
India fires nuke-tipped ICBM Agni-5
Bhubaneswar, April 19, 2012, DHNS
The country’s first long range inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) Agni-5 was successfuly test-fired from Wheeler Island, off the Odisha coast on Thursday.
The maiden test launch of India’s most advanced missile—Agni-V, was put off late on Wednesday evening by a day because of inclement weather conditions.
Official sources said the DRDO scientists who had been working hard for the test launch for more than two weeks decided to call off the test during the last minutes because of heavy lightning in the sky on the north Odisha coastline.
The test firing of the indigenously developed ballistic missile has assumed significance because its success would push India into the elite club of the five militarily powerful nations — US, Russia, UK, France and China who have the capability to develop and launch a nuclear capable inter-continental missile.
The 17.5 metre long missile weighing 50 tonnes can travel up to 5,000 km to hit a target carrying both conventional as well as nuclear warheads of 110 kg.
If defence sources are to be believed, the prominent missile is scheduled for induction into the armed forces within the next two years. However, it had to be successfully test fired several times during the next one year before its scheduled entry into the forces.
Source: Deccan Herald
ndia has test-launched its first long-range intercontinental ballistic missile, significantly upgrading the emerging Asian nation’s military capabilities. It has the capacity to target major Chinese cities and Europe.
The Agni-V missile has a range of 5,000 km and is able of carrying a 1.5 ton nuclear warhead. It can also be used to launch satellites into orbit. India’s military reportedly spent US$486 million on building the ballistic missile which stands at 17.5 meters high and weighs in at 50 tons.
According to Indian media the missile was launched just after 8am local time from WheelerIsland off India’s east coast. It rose to an altitude of 600 kilometers and successfully completed the three stages of its flight before releasing its payload.
The Agni-V will undergo four or five more trials and is expected to join India’s military arsenal before 2015.
The government had earlier hailed the missile project as a major step towards regional dominance, counterbalancing China.
“India has today become a nation with the capability to develop, produce, build long-range ballistic missiles and today we are among the six countries who have this capability,” said Vijay Saraswat, head of India’s Defense Research and Development Organization.
It was originally planned to test-fire the missile on Wednesday, but the launch was delayed due to weather conditions.
India has dramatically increased its military budget by 66 percent over the last decade, investing almost $49 billion in 2011. While China, which India regards as its most significant regional threat spent around $142 billion last year.
In 2010, India successfully launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile Agni-II, which has a range of more than 2,000 km.
Only the United States, Russia, China, France and the UK currently possess operational intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Political analyst, Professor Sreeram Chaulia believes India’s new capabilities will certainly help to keep a balance of power in Asia.
“India feels that it is in a neighborhood where it cannot take anybody’s intensions for granted, and therefore it needs to help itself through these kinds of nuclear tests,” he said.
He pointed out that India felt vulnerable, especially with regard to China, and while the two may have a smooth relationship economically, “there are tensions and there are lingering mistrusts that go back over fifty years.”
Deepak Tripathi, a journalist and expert on Asia added that concern about another neighbor, Pakistan, is on the table as well: “The aim is to stay ahead of Pakistan, but as close behind China as possible.”
An important aim for India with this launch is also to be taken more seriously on a global scale, Tripathi stressed.
On the Missle Test:
India VS China News? Really?
Other various anti-India propaganda and news headlines:
BRIC Nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) signed Local Currency agreement at Summit. They will not trade in U.S. dollars anymore. Agreements around the world between Countries to Drop U.S. dollar for trade (including Australia)
India’s defiance of the US sanctions:
Indian Gold for Iranian Oil
India drops taxes on rupee for Iran oil
India trade mission in Tehran this week
Let’s also not forget the false flag terrorist attack that was used to try to frame Iran.
As if all that wasn’t enough, there even reports that the US government is covertly using NGOs to fund protests in India. I find it ironic that the US pushes nuclear power elsewhere by is giving millions to fund anti-nuclear protests in India.
India’s ambitious atomic program is being stalled by widespread anti-nuclear protests across the country. The government says the discontent is partly fueled by US-backed local NGOs, and insists the power plants are vital for rocketing energy needs.
Indian authorities say American non-governmental organizations fund local non-profit bodies, which in turn promote protest.
India’s Home Ministry conducted investigations into NGOs in the Tamil province, revealing that several had been in receipt of foreign capital. Over a third of overall Indian NGO funding came from the US in 2011.
The ministry found evidence that local organizations receiving funds had been transporting people from surrounding villages to protests over the building of a joint Indian-Russian nuclear plant in Kudankulam.
Construction has been stalled for the past eight months due to the demos.
Following the investigation, the government shut down three organizations and put a further 77 on a global watch list in March alone.
While US funding is not illegal, authorities resent foreign interference with India’s nuclear activities.
“The atomic energy program has got into difficulties because these NGOs mostly, I think, based in the US, don’t appreciate the need for our country to increase energy,” Prime Minister Singh told an Indian science journal.
These remarks have been refuted by activists from the country’s People’s Movement against Nuclear Energy (PMAN), which spearheads the anti-nuclear drive.
Indian political opposition have also appealed to the PM to back up his claims that local organizations were receiving US funding to cause trouble.
“I don’t think the Prime Minister is targeting the American government. If the Prime Minister has any evidence against the NGOs, he should go and tell the people of Kudankulam instead of giving interviews to magazines,” said a member of the Tamil communist party.
Source: Alexander Higgins Blog