U.S. tests new ground-based missile after withdrawing from INF Treaty

Li Jiayao
2019-08-20 08:39:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- The United States tested a new ground-based cruise missile which can hit a target after more than 500 kilometers of flight, weeks after withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty banning such systems, the Pentagon said Monday in a statement.

The test took place at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday at San Nicolas Island, California, said the statement.

The missile "exited its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500 kilometers of flight," the statement said.

"Data collected and lessons learned from this test will inform the Department of Defense's development of future intermediate-range capabilities," it said.

The United States will fully develop ground-launched conventional missiles after withdrawing from the INF Treaty earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has said.

The collapse of the INF Treaty, which was signed by the Soviet Union and the United States in 1987, has triggered the fear that a new round of arms race is looming, many analysts say.

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