Pentagon Conducts First Test to Shoot Down Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

In this image taken with a slow shutter speed and provided by the U.S. Air Force, an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test early Wednesday, April 26, 201, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The target of the test was in the Pacific Ocean. An Air Force statement said the mission was part of a program to test the effectiveness, readiness, and accuracy of the weapon system. (Senior Airman Ian Dudley/U.S. Air Force via AP)
The Pentagon launched its first test to intercept an intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday as it seeks to defend against the growing threats of North Korea and Iran.

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