The choice to postpone the check flight of an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile comes as China launched navy workouts in response to Pelosi’s go to.
“Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has directed DOD to postpone the scheduled test flight as a prudent step,” the official stated.
The choice was made because of to “increased military activity by the People’s Republic of China around Taiwan,” the official stated. “This is the type of thing responsible nations do,” the official stated of the postponement. The check was scheduled to occur Wednesday night into Thursday. It would now occur at a later date to be decided.
China made good on its promise that Taipei would pay a value for internet hosting Pelosi by launching a number of missiles towards waters close to northeastern and southwestern Taiwan on Thursday.
This isn’t the primary time in current months that the US has canceled a missile check because of geopolitical occasions. In March, Austin canceled a deliberate check of a Minute Man III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile to keep away from “any actions that could be misunderstood or misconstrued” throughout heightened tensions with Russia, then Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby stated on the time.
Unarmed US ICBMs are routinely examined to make sure reliability of the programs.