Like a giant pen stroke in the sky, an unarmed Minuteman 3 nuclear missile roared out of its underground bunker on the California coastline on Thursday and soared over the Pacific, inscribing the signature of American power amid worry about North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons
When it comes to deterring an attack by North Korea or other potential adversaries such as Russia, the missile is the message.
At 11:01 p.m. Pacific Standard Time Thursday, the Minuteman missile, toting a payload of test instruments rather than a nuclear warhead, leaped into the darkness in an explosion of flame. It arced toward its test range in the waters of the Kwajalein Atoll, an island chain about 2,500 miles southwest of Honolulu.
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