The United States tested the Minuteman III ICBM

The United States tested the Minuteman III ICBM

 US tested Minuteman III ICBM

Launching the ICBM «Minuteman-3» (file photo)   US tests Minuteman III ICBM

The test has been postponed to avoid escalating tensions with Beijing as China conducts military exercises near Taiwan

The US military said on Tuesday it had test-fired an ICBM ( ICBM) Minuteman III (“Minuteman-3”), which was previously postponed to avoid escalating tensions with Beijing during Chinese military exercises near Taiwan earlier this month.

China deployed dozens of aircraft and fired live missiles into the Taiwan Strait after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a trip to Taiwan.

Recall that China considers Taiwan part of its territory and has said it is ready to use force to return the island to its control.

The test demonstrated “the readiness of the US nuclear forces and gives confidence in the lethality and effectiveness of the country's nuclear deterrent,” the US military said in a statement.

Launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, the booster flew about 4,200 miles (6,760 km).

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According to the Biden administration, the United States will continue to conduct conventional air and naval operations in the Taiwan Strait in the coming weeks.

The Chinese military said they conducted new exercises near Taiwan on Monday. A group of US lawmakers visited the island and met with President Tsai Ing-wen, who said her government was committed to maintaining stability.

In April, the US military also canceled a Minuteman III test. The delay was intended to reduce nuclear tensions with Russia during the ongoing war in Ukraine.

The nuclear-capable Minuteman III missile manufactured by Boeing is a key to the US military's strategic arsenal. The missile has a range of 6,000-plus miles (9,660-plus km) and can travel at about 15,000 miles per hour (24,000 km/h).

In February, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that nuclear his country's forces should be put on high alert, raising fears that a Russian invasion of Ukraine could lead to a nuclear war. However, US officials said they see no reason yet to change Washington's nuclear readiness level.