The United States held an early morning test of an intercontinental missile that flew to an atoll in the Pacific Ocean to show its nuclear deterrent capability.

The launch came in full escalation of tensions with North Korea
JIM LO SCALZO / EPA

The United States held an early morning test of an intercontinental missile that flew to an atoll in the Pacific Ocean to show its nuclear deterrent capability.

The Air Force announced Wednesday the launch of an unarmed Minuteman III ballistic missile, from the Californian air base of Vandenberg. The long-range missile sailed about 6,000 kilometers to an area designated for the impact of the projectile on the Kwajalein atoll in the Marshall Islands.

“Tonight’s launch is an important demonstration of our deterrent capability,” Colonel John Moss, commander of Space Wing 30, in charge of managing nuclear-capable intercontinental missile silos in Vandenberg, said in a statement.

The launch took place in the full escalation of tensions with North Korea, after the missile tests by the regime of Kim Jong-un. The Minuteman missile system has a 60-year history, but has been modernized on several occasions to maintain the US nuclear deterrent capability, based on ground silos, submarines and strategic bombers.

 

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