The US has launched its unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from a US Air Force base in California today. According to the Express, The launch took place at the 12.03am local time and was carried out from North Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM)
An International Ballistic Missile is a guided ballistic missile with a minimum range of 5,500 kilometres (3,400 mi) primarily designed for nuclear weapons delivery (delivering one or more thermonuclear warheads).
The missiles can be launched for multiple platforms – from submarines to heavy trucks – and one ICBM fired from Moscow could reach New York in less than 30 minutes.
Commander of the unit, Colonel John Moss, said: “These Minuteman launches are essential to verify the status of our national nuclear force and to demonstrate our national nuclear capabilities.”
Also, as per reported by Daily Star, North Korea was surrounded by a “sea of fire” as the US, South Korea and Japan threatened Kim Jong-un with a series of military drills. The US Navy’s 4,400-tonne destroyer Wanggeon and the USS Wayne E Meyer carried out manoeuvres with South Korea.
Japan’s Navy held exercises with the Seventh Fleet on the other side of the Hermit Kingdom. A US Navy spokesman said: “Both exercises demonstrate a shared commitment to security and stability in northeast Asia as well as the US Navy’s inherent flexibility to combine with allied naval forces in response to a broad range of situations.”