On Tuesday, the US military announced the success of the routine test of the unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile.

The experiment took place at 12:49 am Pacific Time, at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, according to a statement by the US Army .

The launch was delayed to avoid escalating tensions with Beijing during China's show of force near Taiwan earlier this month, according to "Reuters".

The US military statement said that the test showed "the readiness of the US nuclear forces and provides confidence in the lethality and effectiveness of the country's nuclear deterrence."

According to the statement, the purpose of the ICBM test is to verify the safety, security, effectiveness and readiness of the weapon system.

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