The United States has for the first time since the country stepped out of the nuclear treaty (INF) conducted a missile test that would otherwise be prohibited, writes the CNN based on information from the Pentagon.

The medium-range rocket is said to have been fired from mainland San Nicolas Island in California and "hit its target" 500 kilometers away. There would have been no nuclear fluid on board.

The US Department of Defense says in a response that "the collected data will help in the development of new medium-range missiles".

Since February, the United States no longer complies with the disarmament treaty with Russia, because that country has "endangered the US and Europe". In 2018 the US threatened to cancel the treaty.

The original treaty is an agreement between the United States and the Soviet Union, signed at the end of 1987 by American and Russian leaders Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.

Pentagon on Sunday's conventional ground-launched cruise missile test: "the test missile launched its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500 kilometers of flight."

Avatar Authorrabrowne75 Time of posting 16: 20 - 19 August 2019


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