US launches ICBM in Response to North Korean’s Launch
The U.S. military test- launched an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) from Canada on August 2, 2017, a few days after North Korea launched its second test of an ICBM.
The unarmed missile – Minuteman III was launched at 2:10 a.m. from Vandenberg Air Force Base, near Los Angeles.
A statement made by the U.S. Air Force explains that the test launched by the U.S. was not only a response to the recent North Korean actions, as much as it shows that the American nuclear enterprise is secure, safe, effective and prepared to prevent, detect and defend the country and its allies against any attacks.
A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen conducted this operation from the 90th Missile Wing, along with the 576th Flight Test Squadron and the 30th Space Wing stationed at Vandenberg.
“These test launches require the highest-degree of technical competence and commitment at every level.” said Col. Michael Hough, Space Wing commander and launch decision authority.
The Air Force has tested around 229 such Minuteman III ICBMs in the past. This is the only land-based missile of the U.S. military. The military schedules four test launches in a year and these schedules are planned several years prior to the actual launch.
North Korea tested an ICBM for the second time, during the last week. The U.S defense officials said that the missile flew laterally for 45 minutes and covered a distance of more than 1,000 kilometers. However, the missile broke up on reentering into the atmosphere.
The United States and its allies flew supersonic bombers and fighter jets for a 10 hour show of force, over the Korean Peninsula, following the North Korea’s latest ICBM launch.
Analysts say that North Korea’s launch over the mainland United States shows that Los Angeles and Chicago are now under Pyongyang’s weapon reach.
The Air Force said the 10-hour mission of the U.S was a direct response to North Korea’s two ICBM tests.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says that the aim of the administration in U.S. would be to halt the aggression of North Korea and their nuclear program, though their next action would not be broadcasted.
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