Published: Wed, August 02, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

USA prepares to test launch unarmed ICBM from California

USA prepares to test launch unarmed ICBM from California

The bombers were deployed more than 30 hours after North Korea engaged in its latest provocation on Friday: the launch of what the regime has claimed is an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States.

Tests at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California are typically scheduled weeks or even months in advance, but this one came at a time of soaring tensions with North Korea over its trial of an ICBM last week.

The unarmed Minuteman 3 missile was launched Wednesday morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The missile is the fourth to be launched this year out of Vandenberg AFB.

South Korea and the U.S. have been conducting joined military exercises in recent days, in a clear show of force to the Pyongyang regime.

However, the latest USA launches come amid tensions with North Korea as that nation develops its own ICBMs.

An Air Force statement said the test would show the effectiveness, readiness, and accuracy of the weapon system.

The missile was launched 2:10 a.m. local time from the Air Force's North Vandenberg Air Force Base, located almost 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

The ICBM arced into the night sky from Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern California and traveled approximately 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

However, the latest USA launches come amid tensions with North Korea as that nation develops its own ICBMs.

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