Pakistan Says It Wants Peace Talks With India, Despite Missile Launch

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Pakistan Says It Wants Peace Talks With India, Despite Missile Launch
A Pakistan military spokesperson said the test was meant to deter other countries from launching an attack.
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Pakistan said it successfully tested a nuclear-capable missile Thursday, just one day after the country expressed a willingness to hold peace talks with neighboring India.  

In February, the countries were close to war over Kashmir — a territory both have claimed since gaining independence from Britain in 1947.

A Pakistan military spokesperson said the missile test was meant to deter other countries from launching an attack. While the missile test could be interpreted as a warning to India, Pakistan made no direct threats. In fact, the countries have been unusually amiable.

India's election results rolled in Thursday and the ruling party not only maintained power, but gained more seats in parliament. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi won another five-year term.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted congratulations to Modi and reaffirmed his commitment to mending the relationship. Khan said he looks forward to "working with him for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia."

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.