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Vandenberg AFB to test launch ICBM early Wednesday

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In this photo provided by the U.S. Air Force, an unarmed Minuteman 3 missile launches on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (Joe Davila/U.S. Air Force via AP) In this photo provided by the U.S. Air Force, an unarmed Minuteman 3 missile launches on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (Joe Davila/U.S. Air Force via AP)

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile is set to launch Wednesday, August 2, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, the 30th Space Wing announced Friday.

The plan is to launch the missile from north Vandenberg Air Force Base. The launch window is 12:01 a.m. - 6:01 a.m.

Air Force Global Strike Command says these test launches serve to "validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness, and accuracy of the weapon system."

"Team V is postured to work with Air Force Global Strike Command to test launch the Minuteman III missile," said Hough. "Our long history in partnering with the men and women of the 576th Flight Test Squadron shows that the Western Range stands ready and able to create a safe launch environment."

The launch announcement came as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country's second flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile demonstrated his country can hit the U.S. mainland.

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