In Latest Warning To North Korea, US Releases Video Of Overnight Minuteman III ICBM Launch

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

As previewed last night, this morning the US Air Force confirmed that another unarmed Minuteman III ICBM missile capable of sending a nuclear bomb across the world was launched early on Wednesday from California’s Vanderberg Air Force base, in what was a second clear signal of nuclear deterrence aimed squarely at North Korea and took place one week after the US test fired another ICBM under identical circumstances.

The unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile blasted off from a silo at 12:02 a.m. from Vandenberg Air Force Base and delivered a single re-entry vehicle to a target approximately 4,200 miles away at Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, the Air Force Global Strike Command said. The test, which reprotedly took 10 months to plan, was the latest designed “to check the readiness and accuracy of a weapon system that forms part of the U.S. nuclear force” but in reality was the second strong message sent to Kim Jong-Un in the span of one week.

This is the statement Vanderberg released shortly after the launch:

Airmen from Malmstrom and Vandenberg Air Force bases conducted an operational test launch of an unarmed Minuteman III missile. The test launch used an intercontinental ballistic missile pulled randomly from a silo on Malmstrom Air Force Base, which was then transported and reassembled at Vandenberg, and launched by crew members from the 341st Missile Wing. The ICBM was equipped with a single test reentry vehicle, and traveled approximately 4,200 miles to a test range near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. These ICBM test launches verify the accuracy and reliability of the weapon system, providing valuable data to ensure a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent.
It also released the following video of the ICBM launch, which we are confident will be closely watched by everyone in the Kim Jong-Un administration.

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  • Barba_Papa

    So, when the Norks launch an ICBM missile test the whole world erupts in protest and calls it a provocation akin to a declaration of war. When the US does it, and shows it on video, you can basically hear the tumbleweeds rolling through the media.

    Not that I trust the Norks or think that highly of them, but double standard much? Also, if even the most premier armed to the teeth nation has to conduct ICBM missile tests, how can we expect the immensely more primitive Norks to work out the kinks in their ICBM’s without any testing? I mean, yeah, its bad that they have nukes which they want to launch at the US if necessary, but it wouldn’t do for those nukes to be launched and fall somewhere completely different by accident. Like on my place.

    • John Mason

      NK is OK, they don’t invade other countries, regime change, proxy wars of poison the population with genetically modified food or destroy water tables, rivers and lakes with toxic polutants. US does though.

      • Barba_Papa

        Technically NK did invade another country though, the South, in 1950. And has one of the largest land armies in the world at the ready to do so again.

  • Real Anti-Racist Action

    Zionism is the belief that only Jewish-surpremisist can have and use nukes. Israel and UK and US and Canada and Saudi Arabia and Pakistan and France can use them all they want to.
    But Russia best-Korea Iran Syria and South America are not allowed to have them.
    This racist-double standard is rooted in Jewish-racism against Goyim’s who do not serve them.
    https://holodomorinfo.com/

    • Expo Marker

      Pakistan is under incredible pressure to disarm, because it is the only Muslim nation with nukes. And Muslims have never forgot nor forgiven Israel for its crimes.

  • John Mason

    Another bit of stupidity from the US. It probably hes never occured to the US that maybe NK doesn’t have to brag or show off its’ arsenal. Quiet waters run deep, as they say.

    • Pave Way IV

      Agree. You don’t see China or Russia threatening anyone like this.

      Certain individuals in the White House and Pentagon seem to have ‘small penis’ issues or some kind of mommy issues that compel them to put on what they think are manly displays to intimidate the enemy.

  • Jesus

    Brag about +40 years old equipment, if US was to use them, I am sure N. Korea can manage to drop a couple of nuclear warheads on S. Korea, depending how well their subs are positioned they could present the US navy with some unexpected surprises

    • Solomon Krupacek

      you are like god.

      nonody saw nuclear warheads from NK. 1 thing is makinng bumms under the ground, second is to miniaturize the whole equipment. i doubt, NK has the technology.

      • Jesus

        They had underground nuclear explosionos in order to have an explosion you need a weapon that will detonate. The size is not certain, however, they have some Scud missiles that can carry the payload, or they can launch it from an aircraft. They need to move the bomb around 100 miles or less in order to strike S.Korea.

        • Solomon Krupacek

          the size is CRUCIAL!!!

          therefore in the beginnings were only bombs. ater, the miniaturiazation technique allowed the montge on rockets. also for scud ;)

          • Jesus

            What difference doe as it make if it is 10ktns or 50ktns or 100 ktns?
            A 10 ktns bomb would do significant damage in Seoul. Early version Scuds could carry a payload of over 750 kgs. Payload is dependent on range.

          • Solomon Krupacek

            i do not know, how old are you? but if you can not differentiate between size and weight, there is no help for you :DDD

          • Jesus

            I am talking about passing the nuclear treshold, in my opinion a NK 50ktn warhead could weigh 500-700 kgs.

          • Solomon Krupacek

            and? not the weight is important, but the size!!!

            on scud only the 3rd-4th generetion A-bombs have place

          • Jesus

            You do not know the size, actual dimensions of their nuclear bombs. It could be either Scud or airdropped from an aircraft.
            The devevelopment of NK nuclear weapons doe not have to follow the same curve of development as US or Russia.

          • Solomon Krupacek

            yes, the russan, america sure. but the northkorean?????

      • Daniel Rich

        @ Solomon Krupacek,

        Yes, nobody has ever provided irrefutable evidence of NK actually detonating Nukes [underground]. No sniffer plane has ever caught airborne nuclear particles over NK, because nobody ever sent a plane to do just that. Only last month, April, 2017, the WC-135 Constant Phoenix arrived in Japan to do such a thing. The registered tremors after these ‘tests’ started out with the lowest numbers ever put on record. They have been increasing over the years.

        NK is bluffing. It doesn’t have nukes. It explodes copious amounts of dynamite underground and proclaims to successfully have detonated a ‘nuke.’

        China does not want US bases on its borders, so it uses NK as a buffer zone.

        However, with conventional weaponry, the NK can destroy Seoul and lots of other cities in South Korea, within range of its artillery [mostly fixed] and rockets/missiles [provided they can be launched and don’t misfire, like the last 2 launches did].

        As NK sees South Korea as part of its own territory, occupied by the US and run like a vassal, the way it can be seen in Japan and Germany and with a peace treaty never signed, it effectively is still at war with the occupiers.

        To get a better understanding of how the US works on a global scale, I would suggest people read JFK ASSASSINATION PLOT MIRRORED IN 1961 FRANCE: PART 1