Just when you thought the news was getting boring, the United States is caught test firing a nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Turns out, that is the second time this week.
It appears the United States is trying to demonstrate its nuclear power at a time of rising tensions with Russia, North Korea, China and the Middle East.
The launch was caught on tape and released via YouTube.
The unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016.
“This is the second ICBM launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in the past 5 days and while it may seem routine, a tremendous amount of effort is required to safely assess the current performance and validate the security of the nation’s fielded ICBM force,” says Col. J. Christopher Moss, the 30th Space Wing commander at VAFB.
Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, who was at the launch, said such tests, conducted at least 15 times since January 2011, exist to send a message to the likes of Russia, China and North Korea in order to clearly assert that the U.S. has an effective nuclear arsenal.
“We and the Russians and the Chinese routinely do test shots to prove that the operational missiles that we have are reliable. And that is a signal … that we are prepared to use nuclear weapons in defense of our country if necessary.”