On Tuesday, the U.S. military announced that it had conducted a test of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, which had been postponed to avoid tension in relations with Beijing during a Chinese force demonstration near Taiwan at the beginning of this month. Reuters reports.
The tests demonstrated "the readiness of U.S. nuclear forces and encouraged confidence in the lethality and effectiveness of the national nuclear deterrent," according to the U.S. military's statement.
The servicemen stated that they had previously conducted close to 300 such tests.
In March, the U.S. military discontinued the test of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile. This interruption was aimed at reducing the nuclear tension in relations with Russia during the war in Ukraine.
The Minuteman III is capable of carrying Boeing Co. nuclear weapons (BA.N.) and is a key to the strategic arsenal of the U.S. armed forces. The missile has a range of over 6,000 miles (9,660 km) and can travel at a speed of approximately 15,000 miles per year (24,000 km/year).
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in February that his country's nuclear forces should be put on high alert, which led to fears that Russia's invasion of Ukraine could lead to a nuclear war. But U.S. officials said that they do not yet see any reason to change Washington's nuclear alert level.
Russia and the United States have the largest arsenals of nuclear warheads since the Cold War.