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Air Force to Test-Launch ICBM as North Korea Tensions Simmer

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By    |   Tuesday, 25 Apr 2017 10:51 PM

A scheduled Air Force test-launch of an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile will take place from California on Wednesday amid tensions over North Korea's recent missile tests, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The Minuteman III launch from Vandenberg Air Force base was planned a year in advance and has no connection to provocations from the regime of Kim Jong Un, according to a spokeswoman for Air Force Global Strike Command, the Washington Examiner reported.

The last Minuteman III test was in February; they happen about four times a year, the Examiner reported.

"These Minuteman launches are essential to verify the status of our national nuclear force and to demonstrate our national nuclear capabilities," Col. John Moss, the 30th Space Wing commander who will order the launch, said in a statement, the Examiner reported.

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation criticized the timing.

"When it comes to missile testing, the U.S. is operating with a clear double standard: It views its own tests as justified and useful, while it views the tests of North Korea as threatening and destabilizing," foundation president David Krieger said in a statement, the Times reported.

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A scheduled Air Force test-launch of an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile will take place from California on Wednesday amid tensions over North Korea's recent missile tests, the Los Angeles Times reports.
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