U.S. military to test launch an ICBM Wednesday, notifies Russia

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WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The U.S. military will test launch an intercontinental ballistic missile on Wednesday, the Pentagon said, adding it has notified Russia in advance.

A Pentagon spokesman described the test as routine and said it was meant to demonstrate the readiness of the U.S. military’s ICBM forces.

The United States last month carried out a test of a Minuteman III ICBM, which had been delayed to avoid escalating tensions with Beijing during a Chinese show of force near Taiwan.

Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart

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