US tests intercontinental missile after tension in Taiwan Strait

The US military conducted a test of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile after it was delayed because of China’s drills near the island of Taiwan.

The Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was launched from Vandenberg base in California and flew about 6,760 km before hitting its target.

The Minuteman III, a missile that can carry a nuclear warhead and built by Boeing, is a key component of the US strategic arsenal. The missile has a range of more than 9,600 km and can reach a speed of 24,000 km/h.

The Minuteman III test demonstrated “the combat readiness of the United States’ nuclear arsenal and reinforced confidence in the lethality and effectiveness of international nuclear deterrence,” the US military said in a statement. family”.

A Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched at Vandenberg Air Force Base, USA in August 2017.  Photo: Reuters.

A Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched at Vandenberg Air Force Base, USA in August 2017. Image: Reuters.

The US military said about 300 similar tests had been conducted before and this was not due to the impact of any global event. The US earlier this month postponed the Minuteman III missile test to avoid escalating tensions, as China conducted military exercises around Taiwan following a visit to the island by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The Minuteman III test shows that Washington is somewhat less concerned about the tense situation around the island of Taiwan, at least in the short term, according to observers. The administration of President Joe Biden said it would resume air and naval operations as usual in the Taiwan Strait in the coming weeks.

The US canceled a Minuteman III missile test in April, in an attempt to reduce nuclear tensions with Russia amid the ongoing Ukraine conflict. The United States and Russia currently possess the two largest arsenals of nuclear warheads in the world after the Cold War.

Thanh Tam (Theo Reuters)

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