VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (AP) — The U.S. has test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile from California for the second time in seven days.
The Air Force says an unarmed Minuteman 3 blasted off from a silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base Wednesday morning and delivered a mock warhead to a target at Kwajalein (kwah-juh-leen) Atoll in the Pacific Ocean after a 4,000-mile flight.READ MORE: San Jose Police Investigate Shooting Downtown In Hyde Park Neighborhood
The test of the nuclear missile took 10 months to plan. Another Minuteman 3 was launched from the same base exactly a week earlier.READ MORE: Calls For Justice As Suspects In Asian American Attacks Appear In San Francisco Court - 'We Are Watching'
The U.S. has about 450 of the missiles and they are routinely tested. But the latest tests come amid rising tensions with North Korea, which has tested its own nuclear missiles – including some designed to reach the United States.
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