published : 2023-09-06

US Launches Unarmed ICBM Amid Tensions with North Korea

Test launch of Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile meant to ensure 'safety, security, effectiveness, and readiness' of the weapons system, Vandenberg Space Force Base says

An aerial view of Vandenberg Space Force Base showcasing the launch site where the unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile was tested. (Taken with a DJI Phantom 4 Pro)

The United States conducted a test launch of an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Wednesday.

The launch, which took place at California's Vandenberg Space Force Base, was a collaboration between the U.S. Air Force and Space Force.

The purpose of the test launch program is to validate and verify the safety, security, effectiveness, and readiness of the Minuteman III ICBM weapon system.

According to a statement from Vandenberg Space Force Base, the Airmen and Guardians involved in this mission are highly trained and dedicated personnel in America's Air Force.

A group of highly skilled Airmen and Guardians going through intensive training exercises to prepare for critical missions like the test launch. (Taken with a Nikon D850)

The test launches demonstrate the readiness of U.S. nuclear forces and provide confidence in the lethality and effectiveness of the nation's nuclear deterrent.

The launch comes at a time of rising tensions with North Korea, prompting a stern warning from the White House national security adviser, Jake Sullivan.

Sullivan addressed reports of a potential meeting between North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin, emphasizing that North Korea will face consequences in the international community for violating its commitments.

While arms negotiations between North Korea and Russia have reportedly been advancing, details of the discussions and potential deals remain unclear.

An image capturing the intensity and power of a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launching into the sky during a previous test. (Taken with a Canon EOS R)

Russia has declined to provide confirmation, and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that there is 'nothing to say' regarding the talks.

The article ends here, leaving readers with the anticipation of further developments and the potential impact on international relations.