The United States said on Wednesday that it had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile, in a previously announced operation to avert any escalation of tensions with Russia amid the conflict in Ukraine.

“This missile test is part of routine tests and periodic operations aimed at demonstrating that the United States’ nuclear deterrents are safe, reliable and effective,” the US Air Force Command said in a statement.

The Minuteman 3 missile, without a warhead, was launched early in the morning of September 6 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, according to the statement.

The US Air Force indicated that this type of test was conducted more than 300 times and has nothing to do with current world events, saying that it had informed Russia of this test.

This missile, which has been in service for 50 years, is currently the only land-launched missile in the United States’ nuclear arsenal, which also includes the submarine-launched Trident missiles, as well as nuclear bombs carried by strategic bombers.

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