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US missile could carry nuke from California to North Korea after mammoth 4,200-mile test-flight

THE US has successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.

It was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and travelled 4,200 miles before splashing into the Pacific Ocean.

The maximum range for a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is around 8,000 miles, according to CSIS.

This means it could easily reach all the way to North Korea, China or even Egypt from the Californian base.

The tested missile was unarmed and splashed into the ocean near the Marshall Islands.

The Air Force said in a statement: "The test demonstrates that the United States’ nuclear deterrent is safe, secure, reliable and effective."

It said that airmen "were aboard the US Navy E-6 aircraft to demonstrate the reliability and effectiveness" of its airborne launch control system.

Colonel Omar Colbert, commander of 576th Flight Test Squadron, explained: "The Minuteman III is 50 years old, and continued test launches are essential.”

He added: "This visible message of national security serves to assure our allies and dissuade potential aggressors."

The Air Force has stressed that the test is not a response or reaction to world events.

The Minuteman III missile can be used to carry nuclear weapons.

The US currently has the missiles at bases in Wyoming, North Dakota, and Montana.

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In other news, a SpaceX rocket that will one day take astronauts to Mars has completed a 500ft test flight from a launchpad in Texas.

Billionaire Sir Richard Branson will rocket into space aboard a Virgin Galactic spaceship next year, the company has announced.

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