MOSCOW, Russia - Taking global concerns related to World War III breaking out to an all new high, Russia on Tuesday confirmed that it had conducted the test-launch of a nuclear-capable ICBM successfully.
The test of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile by Russia comes amid global war fears, as the nuclear active nation, North Korea continues to intensify its nuclear weapons program and U.S. and other nations continue to slap the reclusive nation with more sanctions for the defiance.
However, with Russia testing a nuclear-capable ICBM now, war tensions stretched to breaking point on Tuesday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's defence head said that the successful test-launch of an RS-24 Yars ICBM took place from the Russia's Plesetsk space centre, north of Moscow.
The missile reportedly has a range of up to 6,800 miles and is one of the most advanced in Russia’s colossal nuclear arsenal.
Russian Military chiefs said that they launched the weapon as a test to confirm its “reliability” amid tensions worldwide.
The weapon was first introduced by Russia in July 2010 and carries warheads which can strike different targets independently.
Russia's defence ministry said in a statement on Tuesday, "The test launch of a RS-24 Yars silo-based solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile, equipped with a multiple independently targeted reentry vehicle (MIRV) was carried out by a unit of Russia's Strategic Missile Forces. The goals have been achieved, all tasks have been fulfilled.”
Putin meanwhile said that Russia is aiming to have more than 70 percent of its nuclear arsenal swapped over the RS-24 by the end of 2017.
Russia is currently battling accusations of assisting North Korea by supplying the rogue state with oil as the UN slapped new sanctions on the Kim Jong Un-led nation.
The test by Moscow also comes at a troubling time for the nation, which has also been accused by its rival Ukraine, of preparing for a “massive war.”
Further, the U.S. and NATO too have squared-up to perceived threats from Russia, China, and North Korea.