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--- Advertisment ---Pentagon Test-Fires Intercontinental Ballistic Missile From CaliforniaJune 29, 2009 1:13 p.m.

EST--- Advertisment ---Kris Alingod - AHN ContributorVandenberg, CA (AHN) - The U.S.

Air Force successfully launched a Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Minuteman III early Monday from a California base into the Pacific Ocean.The missile was fired at 3:01 am from Vandenberg Air Base to test its reliability and accuracy.

It was configured with a National Nuclear Security Administration test assembly.The Minuteman III carried three unarmed re-entry vehicles to targets 4,190 miles away, near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, in speeds of more than 24,000 miles per hour."These are dangerous times we're living in right now," Lt.

Col.

Lesa Toler, 576th Flight Test Squadron commander and mission director for the test launch, said in a statement.

"It's extremely important our combatant commander has the capabilities he needs to perform the mission of fighting and winning our nation's wars.

Testing an operational asset pulled from the missile field at Minot provides us confidence our weapon system is capable of performing when needed."The Air Force, which plans to submit information from the test to the U.

S.

Strategic Command and the Energy Department, launched the missile as the Pentagon bolsters defense systems in Hawaii against North Korean threats.Defense Sec.

Robert Gates earlier this month deployed Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missiles and an SBX Radar to Hawaii in response to reports that Pyongyang plans to test a missile sometime July 4.The communist nation, which conducted its second nuclear test in May in violation of U.N.

sanctions and then abruptly ended the 1953 ceasefire agreement ratified after Korean War, on Monday accused the United States of "undisguised moves for a nuclear war" in a statement issued by Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of North Korea's Workers' Party, that was carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.View the discussion thread.Copyright � 2003 - 2009 AHN - All rights reserved.Redistribution, republication.

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