The U.S. Government and military appear to be getting really tired of North Korea’s fat little dictator trying to impress the world with failed ICBM launches. So as a result, it was announced that the U.S. Air Force had launched an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from a base in California earlier today. A military spokesperson said the launch was to “ensure effectiveness, readiness and accuracy,” and demonstrate “national nuclear capabilities.”
The missile, a Minuteman III, is one of America’s top of the line weapons and the launch comes amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The launch seems to be timed to coincide with the arrival of a U.S. carrier strike group led by the ‘USS Carl Vinson’ which is currently approaching Korean waters and the arrival of a U.S. Navy nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine in South Korea.
But a spokeswoman for the Air Force Global Strike Command says the test was planned in advance and is not connected with the situation in North Korea. She went on to say that the launches happen on regular basis. This launch took place Wednesday between 12:01am to 6:01am (07:01GMT to 13:01GMT) from North Vandenberg Air Force Base, according to the 30th Space Wing, which is conducting the test according to the Washington Post. The commander of the Missile unit, Colonel John Moss, said in a statement: The goal of the test launch is validating and verifying “the effectiveness, readiness, and accuracy of the weapon system,” according to the Air Force Global Strike Command.
Despite the fact that the US military denied all connections of the launch with the tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, the drills have raised concerns and received criticism from the Liberal, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, who’s president, David Krieger, said as cited by the Los Angeles Times: “The U.S. views its own tests as justified and useful, while it views the tests of North Korea as threatening and destabilizing.” Obviously someone does not understand the difference between testing an existing system and trying to develop a new offensive threat to other nations by a crackpot dictator.
On April 11th, the US successfully simulated a test electronic firing of “The Simulated Electronic Launch of a Minuteman III ICBM, that test was to show the American people, our allies, and our adversaries that our ICBM capability is safe, secure, lethal and ready,” the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron commander, Lt. Col. Deane Konowicz, said in a statement.
The Minuteman III ballistic missiles are approaching 50 years of age, and are approaching the end of their useful lifespan of 60 years. Washington has recently launched a massive trillion-dollar program to modernize, support, and maintain its nuclear air-land-sea triad, which also includes Ohio-class submarines and B-52 strategic bombers, over the next 30 years. Something that should have been done starting about 8 years ago under President Obama.