USA V North Korea: America launches ICBM just days after Kim Jong-un's missile ...

A US Air Force spokesman confirmed an unarmed Minuteman III missile was launched at 10.10am BST (2.10am Pacific Time) on Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

A statement released by the Air Force, declared the test launch showed the US is "safe, secure, effective and ready to be able to deter, detect and defend against attacks on the United States and its allies”.

But it insisted the test was not a response to North Korea’s recent ICBM launch last Friday.

The US's ICBM testREUTERS/GETTYDonald Trumps' administration has not ruled out military action against North Korea

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President Donald has refused to rule out going to war with North Korea, saying "all options are on the table" 

In theory, it is thought the US and North Korea – which are around 8,000km apart – could strike each other with an ICBM.

Speaking earlier US Air Force spokesperson Captain Mark Graff said the missile test would “assess the reliability of our ICBM force in order to maintain a credible nuclear deterrent capability”.

South Korea also tested a bunker-destroying missile during military drills with the US. 

North Korea's first ICBM launchGETTYNorth Korea's first ICBM launch earlier this year

Mon, July 31, 2017 Images depict how tensions have escalated between North Korea and the United States. Kim Jong-Un boasted of North Korea's ability to strike any target in the US after a second ICBM test that weapons experts said on July 29 could even bring New York into range - in a potent challenge to

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