The United States military tested a long-range, nuclear-capable missile. It was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, traveling over 6,700 kilometers to hit a target in the Marshall Islands.
The missile test was conducted “to demonstrate the readiness of the US nuclear power and to provide confidence in the effectiveness and accuracy of the nation’s nuclear deterrent force,” the US Air Force said in a statement.
It is further underlined that this was a routine test to assure allies in stopping the threats of the 21st century. The US military makes it known that this development does not come as a result of recent global events. The missile test was due to take place earlier but was postponed by the United States over concerns that China could react strongly during a visit by top congressional official Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan.