The choice to postpone the check flight of an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile comes as China launched army workout routines in response to Pelosi’s go to.
“Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin has directed DOD to postpone the scheduled check flight as a prudent step,” the official mentioned.
The choice was made as a result of to “elevated army exercise by the Individuals’s Republic of China round Taiwan,” the official mentioned. “That is the kind of factor accountable nations do,” the official mentioned of the postponement. The check was scheduled to occur Wednesday night into Thursday. It should now occur at a later date to be decided.
China made good on its promise that Taipei would pay a worth 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 as a result 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 possibly be misunderstood or misconstrued” throughout heightened tensions with Russia, then Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby mentioned on the time.
Unarmed US ICBMs are routinely examined to make sure reliability of the methods.