Wednesday, May 3, 2017

US tests intercontinental ballistic missile

The U.S. Air Force test-launched an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile from California early Wednesday, the military said.

Air Force Global Strike Command spokesman Joe Thomas told AFP from California that the test was routine and not meant to be a show of force in the standoff with North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile program.

The Minuteman III missile blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 0702 GMT, the strike command said in a statement.

The missile traveled some 4,200 miles (6,700 km) and went down near a Pacific Ocean atoll that is part of the Marshall Islands and features a U.S. military ballistic missile test site.



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  1. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Friday condemned the US test launch of an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) earlier this week...

    The test-fire of an ICBM on May 3 followed an earlier one on April 26 "at a time when the situation on the Korean Peninsula has reached an extremely dangerous phase due to the largest-ever joint military drills" between the South Korea and the United States, the official Korean Central News Agency quoted a DPRK Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying.

    "The US claims the two ICBM test-fires conducted just in a little over one week were planned one year ago and they have nothing to do with the DPRK's nuclear and long-range ballistic missile launch, but many world media are concerned that the consecutive ICBM tests by the US can push the acute situation on the Korean Peninsula to a graver phase," said the spokesman.

    "The US maintains it may carry out missile launches but the DPRK can not and that its launches are a 'contribution' to peace and security while the DPRK's are a 'provocation' straining tension. This sophism is the height of double-dealing standards," he said.

    For the second time in a week, the US Air Force test launched another unarmed ICBM capable of carrying a nuclear warhead from an air base in California Wednesday morning. The DPRK describes the test launch as a simulation strike against it.


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