Inida And Pakistan Threatened To Launch Missiles Against Each Other During Last Months Border Skirmishes

India's Agni V missile during test launch © Defence Research and Development Organisation / Reuters; Pakistani Shaheen 1A missile © Inter Services Public Relations / AFP

Reuters: India, Pakistan threatened to unleash missiles at each other: sources

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The sparring between India and Pakistan last month threatened to spiral out of control and only interventions by U.S. officials, including National Security Advisor John Bolton, headed off a bigger conflict, five sources familiar with the events said.

At one stage, India threatened to fire at least six missiles at Pakistan, and Islamabad said it would respond with its own missile strikes “three times over”, according to Western diplomats and government sources in New Delhi, Islamabad and Washington.

The way in which tensions suddenly worsened and threatened to trigger a war between the nuclear-armed nations shows how the Kashmir region, which both claim and is at the core of their enmity, remains one of the world’s most dangerous flashpoints.

The exchanges did not get beyond threats, and there was no suggestion that the missiles involved were anything more than conventional weapons, but they created consternation in official circles in Washington, Beijing and London.

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Update #1: India, Pakistan planned missile strikes during standoff: report (The Nation)
Update #2: Nuclear-armed India & Pakistan vowed missile strikes during Kashmir standoff – report (RT)

WNU Editor: Indian officials are denying reports that they issued threats to use missiles against Pakistan .... India denies holding out missile threat to Pakistan (The Hindu/Reuters). But India is confirming reports that they deployed their naval assets, including their nuclear subs, during last months border conflict .... Indian Military Confirms Deploying NUCLEAR Subs as Tensions With Pakistan Flared (Sputnik).

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