- WASHINGTON, CHINA
-- China's military launched a long-range ballistic missile from a submarine
in a test this month, marking an unexpected advance in technical capability,
a U.S. defense official said Wednesday.
- The missile, the JL-2, was launched at sea westward toward
a test range inside China, the official said on condition of anonymity.
The test took place about 10 days ago, the official said, confirming a
report that appeared in The Washington Times.
- The missile is believed to be able to carry a nuclear
warhead for 6,000 miles, far greater than any sub-launched missile in China's
- Last year, China launched the first submarine in a new
class of nuclear vessels designed to fire these intercontinental ballistic
missiles, officials said.