US conducts ICBM test after delaying tensions with China
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The US Air Force launched an ICBM with a test modification for re-entry last week in an effort to demonstrate the military’s nuclear capabilities.
The launch took place at 12:49 a.m. PT and was part of a « routine and periodic » practice. The test was initially postponed on August 4 due to tensions with China over a visit by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The Air Force said it had carried out similar tests more than 300 times before and stressed that the test was not « the result of current world events ».
« Our test launches are scheduled well in advance and are not reactive to world events, » Task Force Commander Maj. Armand Wong said in a statement. « A meticulous planning process for each launch begins six months to a year before launch. Our top Airmen from each of the three missile wings have worked in conjunction with the 576th Flight Test Squadron to proudly showcase some highly technical skills that form the core of our nuclear deterrence mission.
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Military tensions have been pushed to the extreme between the United States, China, Taiwan and other East Asian countries after Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan angered Chinese officials. Other US lawmakers paid an unannounced visit to the island last weekend.
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The People’s Liberation Army conducted a variety of exercises and launched several test missiles following the visit, which it said violated the long-standing one-China policy.
“Make no mistake about it, our nuclear triad is the cornerstone of the national security of our country and our allies around the world,” Colonel Chris Cruise, commanding officer of the 576th Flight Test Squadron, said in the statement. . « This scheduled test launch is illustrative of how our nation’s ICBM fleet exemplifies our readiness and weapon system reliability. »
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