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US To Test Fire ICBM Tonight That Can Reach North Korea
04-26-2017, 06:16 AM,
US To Test Fire ICBM Tonight That Can Reach North Korea
US To Test Fire ICBM Tonight That Can Reach North Korea

<p>In a 'Crocodile Dundee-esque' show of<em> &quot;that's not a nuclear missile... this is a nuclear missile&quot;</em> one-upmanship, <strong>US military personnel will test fire the deadly </strong><strong><strong>(unarmed)</strong> Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile </strong>between 12:01 and 6:01 a.m. tonight from the north end of the Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc in California.</p>
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<p>Col John Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, will oversee the launch of the long range missile, saying:</p>
<blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&quot;Team V is once again ready to work with Air Force Global Strike Command to successfully launch another Minuteman III missile.</p>
<p><strong>These Minuteman launches are essential to verify the status of our national nuclear force and to demonstrate our national nuclear capabilities.</strong></p>
<p>We are proud of our long history in partnering with the men and women of the 576th Flight Test Squadron to execute these missions for the nation.&quot;</p>
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<p>Additionally, <a href="">as The Daily Star reports, </a>after President Trump branded North Korea &quot;a real threat to the world,&quot; Col Deane Konowicz, the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron commander, said the test will send a message to enemies of the US...</p>
<blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong>&quot;The Simulated Electronic Launch of a Minuteman III ICBM is a signal to the American people, our allies, and our adversaries that our ICBM capability is safe, secure, lethal and ready.</strong></p>
<p>&ldquo;It highlights the ground and airborne command and control elements of an electrically-isolated ICBM, demonstrating that our deployed ICBMs will respond to critical launch commands.&rdquo;</p>
<p>The apparent hypocrisy of the escalated sabre-rattling is not lost on many, as <a href="">The LA Times reports,</a> The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, criticized the timing of the launch, citing heightened tension between the U.S. and North Korea.</p>
<blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&ldquo;<strong>When it comes to missile testing, the U.S. is operating with a clear double standard: </strong>It views its own tests as justified and useful, while it views the tests of North Korea as threatening and destabilizing,&rdquo; foundation president David Krieger said in a statement.</p>
<p>&ldquo;<strong>What is needed is diplomacy rather than military provocations. </strong>Threats, whether in the form of tweets, nuclear-capable aircraft carrier groups, or nuclear-capable missile launches, only increase the dangers to us all.&rdquo;</p>
<p>The Vandenberg test would be the<strong> second missile launched from the base this year</strong>.</p>
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<p><strong>Three Minuteman III missiles were launched in 2016</strong>, according to Lt. Col. Jason Turner, 2d Range Operations Squadron commander.</p>

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