The US military finally tested the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile; It was delayed because of the China Taiwan Tension.
The Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile 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 built by Boeing, is a crucial component of the US strategic arsenal. With a range of more than 9,600 km, the missile can reach up to a speed of 24,000 km/h.
The Minuteman III test demonstrated “the combat readiness of the United States’ nuclear arsenal and reinforced in the lethality and effectiveness of international nuclear deterrence,” the US military said in a statement.
The U.S. military said about 300 similar tests had been conducted before, and this was not due to the impact of any global event.
Earlier this month, the US postponed the Minuteman III missile test to avoid oversight. China conducted military exercises around Taiwan following a visit to the island by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
According to observers, 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.
The administration of President Joe Biden said it would resume air and naval operations as usual in the Taiwan Strait in the upcoming days.
The US canceled a Minuteman III missile test in April to reduce nuclear with Russia amid the Ukraine conflict.
Russia and the United States currently possess the two largest arsenals of nuclear warheads in the world after the Cold War.