US tests Intercontinental nuclear-capable ballistic missile.


The United States finally successfully test-fired a long-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile on Tuesday after twice postponing launch to avoid tensions over Ukraine and Taiwan. did.

The Air Force announced this.

The Air Force Global Strike Command test-fired an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile over the Pacific from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California just after midnight local time.

This missile can be equipped with nuclear weapons in strategic conflict.

The missile's reentry vehicle traveled about 4,200 miles (6,760 km) to Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands in the western Pacific.

"This test launch is part of routine and regular-duration activities aimed at demonstrating that America's nuclear deterrent is safe, reliable and effective," the Air Force said in a statement.

The Air Force said that, "Such tests have taken place more than 300 times before, and this test is not a result of current world events."

The missile test was originally scheduled for March, but was put on hold due to tensions over Russia's February 24 attack on Ukraine.

It was postponed a second time in early August as military tensions mounted over test launches and live-fire drills by China of several ballistic missiles in response to top US lawmaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan.

"As China engages in destabilizing military exercises around Taiwan, the United States is demonstrating a responsible nuclear power behavior by reducing the risk of miscalculation and misperception," White House national security spokesman John Kirby said.

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