Pakistan 'modified US missiles'.8/30/2009 7:36:54 AM
The US has accused Pakistan of illegally modifying US-made missiles to expand its ability to hit land-based targets, according to according to
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Citing senior US administration and congressional officials, the newspaper said on Sunday that the charge came in late June through an unpublicised diplomatic protest to Yusuf Raza Gilani, the Pakistani prime minister.
The accusation A formal criminal charge against a person alleged to have committed an offense punishable by law, which is presented before a court or a magistrate having jurisdiction to inquire into the alleged crime. , made amid growing concerns about Pakistan's increasingly rapid conventional and nuclear weapons development, triggered a new round of US-Pakistani tensions, the report says.
"The focus of our concern is that this is a potential unauthorised modification of a maritime anti-ship defensive capability to an offensive land-attack missile A land-attack missile is a naval surface-to-surface missile that is capable of effectively attacking targets ashore, unlike specialised anti-ship missiles, which are optimized for striking other ships. Some dual-role missiles are suitable for both missions. ," a senior administration official told the paper.
"When we have concerns, we act aggressively."
A senior Pakistani official called the accusation "incorrect", saying that the missile tested was developed by Pakistan, just as it had modified North Korean designs to build a range of land-based missiles that could strike India, according to the newspaper.
Suspicious missile test
US intelligence agencies allegedly detected of a suspicious missile test on April 23, which was never announced by the Pakistanis and which appeared to give it a new offensive weapon.
US military and intelligence officials suspect Pakistan of modifying the Harpoon harpoon (härpn`), weapon used for spearing whales and large fish. The early type was a flat triangular piece of metal with barbed edges and a socket for attaching a wooden handle, to the sold to them in the 1980s during the Reagan administration Noun 1. Reagan administration - the executive under President Reagan
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Pakistan denied the charge and said it had developed the missile, the New York Times said.
The missiles would bolster Pakistan's ability to threaten India, stoking fears of heating up the two nations' arms race.
The charges come as the administration of Barack Obama, the US president, is seeking congressional approval for $7.5bn in aid for Pakistan over the next five years.
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