The US Air Force tested an intercontinental ballistic missile on Wednesday just days after North Korea conducted its own ICBM test, the Air Force Global Strike Command said in a news release. The unarmed Minuteman 3 missile was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
"These test launches required the highest-degree of technical competence and commitment at every level and provide critical data necessary to validate the reliability, accuracy and performance of the ICBM force", Kelly continued.
The launch shows the U.S.'s nuclear enterprise is "safe, secure, effective and ready to be able to deter, detect and defend against attacks on the United States and its allies", a statement from the Air Force said.The IBCM traveled 4,200 miles, according to NBC News. Dianne Feinstein described North Korea's missile tests as "a clear and present danger" to the United States.
Minuteman missiles are regularly tested with launches from Vandenberg that send unarmed re-entry vehicles 6,800 kilometres across the Pacific to a target area at Kwajalein Atoll.
This July 30, 2017 photo shows a US Air Force B-1B Lancer (top) being joined by two Republic of Korea air force F-15s, during a 10-hour mission from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, into Japanese airspace and over the Korean Peninsula.
An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. "But you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond, '" he said.
Another test was conducted by the Air Force Global Strike Command's team on April 26.
In February, a test missile was launched in February from the base. The interceptor destroyed a mock warhead over the Pacific. The US also said it conducted a successful test of a missile defence system located in Alaska.