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

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As reported on Tuesday evening, overnight the US Air Force conducted a test launch of an unarmed Minuteman III ICBM from Vanderberg Air Force base near Lompoc in California, in what was a clear signal of nuclear deterrence aimed squarely at North Korea.

Col John Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, who oversaw the launch of the long range missile, said that "Team V is once again ready to work with Air Force Global Strike Command to successfully launch another Minuteman III missile. These Minuteman launches are essential to verify the status of our national nuclear force and to demonstrate our national nuclear capabilities. We are proud of our long history in partnering with the men and women of the 576th Flight Test Squadron to execute these missions for the nation."

As Vanderberg confirmed overnight, the missile launch was conducted as planned, and was successful, with the ICBM travelling approximately four thousand two hundred miles to a test range near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

This is the statement Vanderberg released shortly after the launch:

On April 26 airmen from F.E. Warren, Offutt And Vandenberg Air Force Bases conducted an operational test launch of an unarmed Minuteman Three missile. Today’s test launch used an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile pulled randomly from a silo on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, which was then transported and reassembled at Vandenberg, and launched by crew members of the 625Th strategic operations squadron aboard the U.S. Strategic Command Airborne Command Post Navy E6B Aircraft.


The ICBM was equipped with a test reentry vehicle, and traveled approximately four thousand two hundred 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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JackT's picture

Pretty sure I saw this same video a day or so ago

Took Red Pill's picture

 "I am guided by the beauty of our weapons. They are beautiful pictures of fearsome armaments."

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"And by the way, with Iran, when they circle our beautiful destroyers with their little boats and they make gestures that our people -- that they shouldn't be allowed to make, they will be shot out of the water."


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barndoor's picture

Does anyone - even a single person - in NK doubt the ability of the US to launch a nuclear strike in this regard?  What does this accomplish, besides general escalation?

DieselChadron's picture

exactly.  war between US and NKorea would be over with nearly before it started.  who are the psychopaths pushing for this monstrocity anyway?  assuming this truly is about NKorea -and not China or Japan or anywhere else that's actually important, the end result is a fast blood bath.. and what's left over in the balance will be an even more hellish existence for the people.  Oh, and whatever natural resources will surely be stoled by US mining.  Same song, 71st verse.  

Troll Magnet's picture

I live on the coast and I feel more and more vulnerable each and every day. Because one of these days someone is going to punch us in the mouth first when we're least expecting it and it's going to bring us down to our knees I'm afraid. We fuck with so many countries I don't know who will do such a thing but it will happen because bullies eventually get knocked out.

Give peace a chance.

barndoor's picture

I don't think a rational player would strike against the US.  The problem is that the players on the world stage seem to be getting less and less rational. There are a lot of religious and ideological zealots out there.  And then there is also Trump.


Troll Magnet's picture

And there's always Israel. #falseflag

Never One Roach's picture

As long as North Korea's missiles cannot reach deeper into the USA then California, then all is ok.

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Automatic Choke's picture

"Does anyone - even a single person - in NK doubt the ability of the US to launch a nuclear strike in this regard?  What does this accomplish, besides general escalation?"


>>> it gives the guys on Kwaj a chance to calibrate their radars.


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Erek's picture

All according to the Zio-Playbook and The Commitee of 300.

EmmittFitzhume's picture

People live there at the Atoll.  If I were them I'd be pissed. What if they forgot to remove the warhead?! Lol

techpriest's picture

I don't think a rational player would strike against the US. The problem is that the players on the world stage seem to be getting less and less rational. There are a lot of religious and ideological zealots out there. And then there is also Trump.

I think you underestimate the rationality of the religious and of ideologues. These identities may put them on another team but that does not mean they all see Jonestown as an ideal destination.

Trogdor's picture

Not sure if you remember it, but a few years ago there was a sub-launched missile off the coast of San Diego - and it wasn't ours.  I've actually turned keys on ICBM launches as well as seen plenty of sub-launch footage (some classified, some not) - and I can say that the one that suddenly "came out of nowhere" wasn't American (based on the plume).  I think it was the Chinese saying "Screw with us, and we can put one of these right up your keister before you can say "Boo""....

What people don't consider is that North Korea very likely has sleeper cells here and in other countries, and should it look like NK is going down. they can release biological agents, chemical agents, or even a dirty bomb.  It would be foolish to assume that they would have to be North Korean.  There are plenty of hard-core Communist snowflakes and other leftists who would gladly unleash that kind of thing here in the US to "further the cause"....

lucitanian's picture

North Korea is under a mutual defense treaty with China and acts as a buffer zone against US provocation and aggression for China. It must be obvious that despite its militarization and less than substantial nuclear capabilities (if in fact real) it is never going to be a serious military threat, but it does provide an opportunity to the US to spin another yarn, avoid a negotiated settlement and amass more threatening aggressive forces close to the real target: China.

The Coming War on China - Chinese Subtitles

I'm glad you believe in the glories of Liberty, Democracy, and the rights of individuals to pursue life and happiness. It's just a shame that you don't realize that that is exactly what the US through its imperialist global dominance is fighting to prevent at home and abroad by use of media, military, and clandestine surveillance and coercion. A simplification to "the left" Vs. the US shows a degree of nativity reminiscent of cold war indoctrination. It's time you understood the plan for global domination. Wake up!  

Nexus789's picture

Just another pointless threat that increases the problem rather than attempting to reduce tension.  The US is determined to have another go at genociding the people of Korea. 

Idaho potato head's picture

It's going out of control, all one can do is refuse.

PrayingMantis's picture

... do as we say, not as we do ...

BennyBoy's picture


Where can I purchase one of these drones at a discount?

I hear they are a one time use item.

curbjob's picture

Funny, to the Roman's "Minute man" meant a smaller than small man ...



mi·nute  adj.
1. Exceptionally small; tiny. See Synonyms at small. 2. Not worthy of notice; insignificant: minute problem.
Tom_Pain's picture

"bigUS dickUS"


Wome is your fwiend!

HowdyDoody's picture

Sillius Soddus has a wife? A Woman wife?

HRClinton's picture

Incontentia. Incontentia Buttocks.

Diatom's picture

bigger dicker...


It reminds fuel injected vs carburated... I guess the Russians are more fuel efficient... very clean combustion...


Bank_sters's picture

One of these days  Washington District of Criminals is going to get whacked.  It is the law of averages...

IridiumRebel's picture

Was Slim Pickens attached!?!?

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Naw.....I think he was in Vegas.


He had all this stuff.......I'm like, where are you going........he grins and sez, Vegas!

IridiumRebel's picture

You boys were dancing around like a bunch of Kansas City Faggots!

skbull44's picture

It's ok for the only nation to ever have used nuclear weapons to do this, but watch out everyone else! Your beat down is coming...

kellys_eye's picture

Precisely - was this a demonstration for the North Koreans or for the Russians?  Was this a test for 'other reasons' than showing off?

They do say that your best chance to win a nuclear war is to initiate a first strike and hope the other side aren't looking.....

skbull44's picture

Considering that the strikes on Japan were a clear signal to the Soviets--since the Japanese had virtually already surrendered--you can bet, given the rampant Russophobia and anti-Iranian propaganda, that this is a warning to all 'non-compliant' nations (maybe throw those 'free trade' abusing Canadians into the mix too...).

keep the bastards honest's picture

the iranian hand guestures were the last straw

Bigern's picture

Operation Downfall was being planned. Without a timely surrender, how many more dead would there be in an Okinawan-style, Kyushu/Hanshu-wide invasion? The argument is that far many more would have died in the Japanese society if Downfall was initiated. In addition, had Russian troops landed, there is no telling what additional horrors would have been implemented on their areas of capture. Thirdly, a situation akin to East vs. West Germany would have existed in Japan as well, with the society effectively split. Fourthly, had the war drawn out, Japan may have been able to finish some of the nasty surprises in their bioweapons program.....very nasty.

skbull44's picture

Your assertions are untestable and sound more like rationalization for the catastrophe of dropping nuclear weapons over civilian populations.

Verniercaliper's picture

Nuclear weapons circa 1945 were not catastrophic compared to conventional firebombing of Japanese targets. The death toll shows that 400 B-29's dropping napalm and phosphorus onto a city killed and maimed  far more than either atomic bomb. Nuclear weapons became much more powerful in the years after, but to single them out as a "war crime" ignores what was happening to cities like Dresden, Hamburg, Tokyo, etc. every night in the last years of the war. WW2 was total war, and people knew it. We're better off because of it because now we know that we will bear the brunt of a major war, not just some conscript kids we send as cannon fodder. Hiroshima was a wake up call that gave us decades of relative peace.

lucitanian's picture

Believe what you might, the US had already been advised of the terms of surrender of the Japanese via their embassy in the then neutral Soviet Union, and these terms had been transmitted to Washington. The only condition was the preservation of the Emperor. The US then dropped the two bombs on non-military targets in Hiroshima on August 6th and Nagasaki on August 9th, principally to test their efficacy and demonstrate their power to the soviets. The US had demanded an unconditional surrender and then agreed the preservation of the Emperor so as to maintain national unity. The Soviets declare war and invade commencing August 8th, having made prior preparations on the basis of the known surrender, and most possibly known atomic bombing.

So this whole thesis of surrender saving lives and being motivated by the two bombs is pure propaganda revisionist history made for the consumption of the same gullible society that was told previously that the attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise, and many years later was again hoodwinked into believing, Kennedy was assassinated by a lone gunman or that 19 hijackers directed by Bin Laden brought down the twin towers, building 7, and made a hole smaller than the aircraft they were flying in the Pentagon.

Please stop trying to justify with pseudo-history the devious evil that the US really represents in its actions as a nation. Global dominance is the singular goal:

The Coming War on China - Chinese Subtitles