USA Stop Ballistic Missile Test Amid Tensions due to Taiwan

USA Stop Ballistic Missile Test Amid Tensions due to Taiwan

According to US sources quoted by the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, the Biden administration delayed a regular test flight of an Air Force Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile to defuse growing tensions with Beijing of China’s military display close to Taiwan. 

According to the article, the test launch was scheduled for this week from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

According to the WSJ, officials did not specify how long the delay would remain. But one claimed it might last 10 days.

A day after US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the autonomous island claimed by Beijing. 

China staged a show of force in the Taiwan Strait on Thursday by deploying dozens of aircraft and firing live missiles close to Taiwan.

Officials from the Pentagon could not be contacted right away for comment.

In April, the US military postponed an intercontinental ballistic missile test for the Minuteman III. 

However, such postponement had been planned to ease nuclear tensions with Russia during the Ukraine War.

A crucial component of the strategic arsenal of the US military is the nuclear-capable Minuteman III. 

The missile can move at around 24,000 kmph and has a range of more than 9,660 km.