Just minutes after North Korea fired two short-range missiles, the US launched an intercontinental ballistic missile test, followed by a submarine ballistic missile test. US officials say the timing was coincidental. The North Korean launch took place at 4:40pm local time from the Sino-ri missile base and the projectiles flew a distance of 260 and 170 miles, South Korean military officials said. Shortly afterwards, a US Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and the Air Force reports it flew 4,200 miles into the Pacific. It was the second US missile launch this month, and the fourth this year. Linda Frost, Deputy, Media Operations of the Air Force Global Strike Command, told Fox News that the close timing of the US and North Korean tests were not related. "It's important to note that our test launch is not a response or reaction to world events," she insisted, adding that launch dates are lined up three to five years...
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