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

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As previewed last night, at 2:10am PT, the U.S. military successfully test-launched an unarmed Intercontinental Ballistic Missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, about 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles, and just days after North Korea’s second test of an ICBM. An Air Force statement said that the test was not a response to recent North Korean actions, but shows that America's nuclear enterprise is "safe, secure, effective and ready to be able to deter, detect and defend against attacks on the United States and its allies."

The launch is said to “validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness, and accuracy of the weapon system,” according to Colonel Michael Hough, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command’s 30th Air Wing.

“Team V is postured to work with Air Force Global Strike Command to test launch the Minuteman III missile,” Hough said in a statement. “Our long history in partnering with the men and women of the 576th Flight Test Squadron shows that the Western Range stands ready and able to create a safe launch environment.”

The ICBM was equipped with a test reentry vehicle - just like the previous three launches in 2017 - which officials said showed it traveled about 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The operation was conducted by a team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen from the 90th Missile Wing, along with the 576th Flight Test Squadron and the 30th Space Wing stationed at Vandenberg.

This is the fourth Minuteman ICBM launched from the Vandenberg base this year. The first 2017 test took place in February, involving a Minuteman III that traveled to the Marshall Islands, carrying a non-explosive warhead. Another test was conducted by the Air Force on April 26. Days later, a third test missile launched from Vandenberg base.

Air Force Global Strike Command has tested 299 Minuteman III ICBMs over the program's history. The Minuteman IIIs are the U.S. military's only land-based ICBMs. And while some have suggested that the launches are in direct retaliation to the recent NKorea ICBM launch, the U.S. military schedules four test-launches each fiscal year, with the actual schedule plotted out several years in advance, so it's unrelated to recent events, Air Force Capt. Michele Rollins, a spokesperson for the strike command, told NBC.

Last week, North Korea tested an ICBM for the second time. The missile flew for 45 minutes and traveled more than 1,000 kilometers laterally, defense officials and analysts said. U.S. officials believe the missile broke up upon re-entering the atmosphere.

The Minuteman III ICBM launches during an operational  test at 2:10 a.m. PT
on Aug. 2, 2017, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California

Analysts said that the North's test Friday demonstrated that a broader part of the mainland United States, including Los Angeles and Chicago, is now in range of Pyongyang's weapons. Asked about possible U.S. military action against North Korea, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reiterated on Tuesday that "all options are on the table" but the administration would not "broadcast what we're going to do."

The focus for the administration remains on stopping North Korea's nuclear program and halting their aggression, Sanders said.

As we reported yesterday, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that President Donald Trump has told him he's willing to go to war over North Korea's missile program if the rogue nation continues to aim ICBMs at America.

Meanwhile, Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesman Norio Maruyama said he was unaware of the remarks, but that his country was in favor of the Trump administration's posture "using both words and action to show that all choices are on the table."

Separately, another longstanding ally in the region, the Philippines, is set to host an international regional security meeting on Monday, when leaders could pressure Pyongyang to halt its intermediate-range missile tests. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to attend the meeting in Manila. On Wednesday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte went on the attack against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whom he referred to in a speech as a "fool" and a "son of a bitch" according to Reuters.

"That chubby face that looks kind ... If he commits a mistake, the Far East will become an arid land," Duterte said. "It must be stopped, this nuclear war."

"A limited confrontation and it blows up here, I will tell you, the fallout can deplete the soil, the resources and I don't know what will happen to us," he added. Duterte has previously called for the U.S. to show restraint in dealing with Kim's totalitarian regime.

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Bill of Rights's picture

John McCain must be hard as a rock...

Looney's picture


John McCain must be hard as a rock...

Yes, his tumor is getting harder and harder. I hope?  ;-)


hedgeless_horseman's picture


"'We won it. We really clobbered 'em!' Hart's eyes lowered and his arms drooped. He said, 'Not that it matters.'"


(Ch. 13)

Manthong's picture


Ru rittle pooney note koreenans ..

We gronna get you one day.

InjectTheVenom's picture

I'm sure that our transparent .gov would tell us if the ICBM launch had been a failure ....

right ?

Four chan's picture

ive heard korean rockets aren't even pointy.

Sir Edge's picture



USA emails Russia With An Audio Clip Of Swear Words...

Putin and Lavroy... Ahm... Worried... !

Raffie's picture

Why do they most times launch at night?

Do they want to hide what the missile looks like?


ArgentDawn's picture

They mostly come at night.. mostly

Trogdor's picture

Not really - they launch during the day as well.  Just depends on when all the ducks finally get into a row - all the preflight is done, checks passed, systems verified, comm links checked, worldwide systems up, running, and ready.  Sometimes, the schedule is at a particular (daylight) time, but delays keep pushing it back - it doesn't take too many half-hour to hour delays to pooch your launch window.  When you have a dozen systems, locations, and organizations all trying to get into sync, there are bound to be delays. 

This is only because there's a ton of monitoring going on, and it's good to let everyone along the flight path know that the particular missile flying their way is ONLY A TEST - lol.  Real-life Emergency War Operations are a whole different animal ;)

KJWqonfo7's picture

Bite your tongue!!

Reminds me, I need to buy some salt.

BullyDog's picture

John Bomb bomb McCain has been hard for so long he now has forrest whitaker eye.

Txpl9421's picture

1 upvote for Forest Whitaker Eye.

Last1Out's picture

For in one hour thy judgement has come...

Newsboy's picture

"Never Giv Up Your Nukes" lesson learned from US treatment of Iraq and Libya

tmosley's picture

More appropriately, Ukraine.

konadog's picture

I wish we could load NoBrain in the nose cone.

land_of_the_few's picture

NoBrain in the Ukraine, Insane in the Kraine !

HRClinton's picture

McShitStain loves FLYAGRA.

It gives him a midget woody, for "When the moment's right."

mpnut's picture

Wonder how much it cost to test these rockets at a time...  McCain wants to see conflict one last time before he departs this world.

Eyes Opened's picture

I'd prefer if he was as cold as a stone...

Mtnrunnr's picture

Great leader trump has made the pacific great again.

Bill of Rights's picture

Yes O-Dumbass and his Red Line in the sand was a real scare .....

Mtnrunnr's picture

Yes. Blaming Obama's poor policy in Syria makes Trump's war mongering in NK policy better. You'll be screaming about Obama when your skin is melting off of your face from the radiation fall out. That will somehow still be Obama's fault.

Mtnrunnr's picture

You're acting like a fucking child. You know as well as I do that Trump is screwing the goddamn pooch on this one.

EuroPox's picture

Looks like Google and Duckduck go have already decided that the white man is going extinct.  If you do a couple of Google and/or Duckduckgo searches:

”European people history” and “American inventors” 

then click on “images”, it turns out that anyone, who has ever done anything, was black.... 

Duke Dog's picture

Well, I'll be damned! Just got the same results with "startpage".

EuroPox's picture

Imagine the outcry if you searched for "cotton pickers" and there were only images of white folk...

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

Holy shit. The **only** eeeeeeeeebil white inventor dude is Thomas Edison according to The Google.

Lurk Skywatcher's picture

Try "european white people history" and you get the same...

land_of_the_few's picture

I tried mandingo, and darned if there were any crackaz.

johand inmywallet's picture

No shit, WTF!!! There's like only 3 white guys on the images page, the rest are black!!

EuroPox's picture

Gotta love the only picture of an astronaut - a black woman!  

Txpl9421's picture

Patricia Bath.  I guess she invented the Bath-tub with Harriet Tubman?

Fake Trump's picture

By accident though. They were fucking inside the tub and suddenly the pipe burst.

HRClinton's picture

I thought they invented the Blues, Jazz and Soul.

And Ebonics. 

FlKeysFisherman's picture

Peanut butter is a recipe not an invention.

spastic_colon's picture

jesus h christ why are we wasting our time and taxpayer $$ on this giant distraction?!

BustainMovealota's picture

Otherwise the US people would be focused on that criminal mob called the Clintons.  Too much attention on those crooks.