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U.S. ballistic missile test

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US missile launch

The non-nuclear ground-based missile was developed in less than nine months, the Pentagon emphasized.

The U.S. Armed Forces on Thursday, December 12, tested a ground-based ballistic missile. This was reported by the press service of the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

It is noted that the flight test of the prototype of a ground-based ballistic missile in a non-nuclear configuration was successful

The rocket launched from a stationary launching pad and fell in the Pacific Ocean, flying more than 500 km.

As Pentagon chief Mark Esper clarified on Twitter, the rocket was developed in less than nine months.

According to him, the United States began working on the creation of the missile “after the United States suspended the fulfillment of obligations under the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty) in February 2019.”

“It usually takes 24 months to plan and conduct such a launch. This achievement demonstrates the US’s ability to respond to national security challenges,” he added.

Recall that in February of this year, the United States suspended its participation in the INF Treaty and promised to completely withdraw from it in six months if Russia does not return to fulfill its obligations. Moscow responded to Washington's actions in a mirror.

In August, Washington officially left the treaty, accusing Moscow of violating the agreement and developing a prohibited type of missile.

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