US Air Force Tests Minuteman III ICBM

A Minuteman 3 missile launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California,  August 2017 (Photo: AP)

The US Air Force Global Strike Command on Wednesday tested an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a reentry vehicle from a base in California.

The ICBM’s reentry vehicle traveled approximately 6,750 kilometers (4,200 miles) across the Pacific Ocean to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, the Air Force said in a statement.

“The test demonstrates that the United States’ nuclear deterrent is robust, flexible, ready and appropriately tailored to deter 21st-century threats and reassure our allies,” it said.

The Air Force stressed that the test was not a response to “world events or regional tensions.”

The Wednesday launch comes on the same day that North Korea fired “unidentified projectiles,” just hours after agreeing to resume nuclear talks with the US.


[Sources: USAF, AFP, RT]

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