Russian Federation tests new ballistic missile

The Defence Ministry said the launch from Plesetsk in northwestern Russia tested the Sarmat missile’s performance in the initial stage of its flight

Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled details of the missile in March.

The ICBM test also simultaneously comes during a time when North Korea - which past year test-fired missiles it claimed would be able to hit the United States - is taking center stage in world diplomacy is what is perceived as an effort to achieve denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.

The Russian Defence Ministry has published a video showing its new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) being test-launched in the north of the country.

Sarmat is meant to replace the Soviet-designed Voyevoda, the world's heaviest ICBM known as "Satan" in the West. The Sarmat also carries a bigger number of nuclear warheads and they can be released one-by-one or in multiples, as a shotgun effect. An article announcing the latest launch in the defense ministry publication, Red Star, said the rocket had been tested in its pre-launch and first stage of flight phases.

The Sarmat system is "powerful and modern and defense systems will not be able to withstand it", Putin said earlier in March.

"No, such a phrase was not spoken during the talk and these reports have nothing to do with reality", the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Friday, according to the state-run Tass Russian News Agency.

President Putin unveiled a suite of other weapons during his speech, including a supersonic weapon that can not be tracked by anti-missile systems. Amid this chaos, Trump still congratulated Putin on his election win.

Russian Federation has long protested the U.S.'s development of a missile defense shield in Europe, which the US argued is meant to guard against North Korea and Iran, but which the Kremlin said can be directed at Russian Federation. "No one listened before, so listen to Russian Federation now", Putin said. Trump last week said that he expected to meet with Putin in the not-too-distant future to discuss the issue.

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