On Wednesday, the US military announced that it had tested an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a reentry vehicle at a California base across the Pacific Ocean.
Launched from Vanden¬berg Air Force Base at 1:13 am local time the reentry vehicle traveled approximately 4,200 miles (6,750km) across the Pacific Ocean to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, the Air Force Global Strike Command said in a statement.
“The test demonstrates that the United States’ nuclear deterrent is robust, flexible, ready and appropriately tailored to deter twenty-first-century threats and reassure our allies,” it said.
“Test launches are not a response or reaction to world events or regional tensions,” it added.
The United States has spent decades and billions of dollars developing technologies to stop the arrival of a ballistic missile and is trying to step up their efforts to deal with growing threats.
North Korea became ICBM’s newest club member in 2017 when it tested the Hwasong-15, which analysts say is capable of reaching the entire American mainland.
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