The Pentagon has announced that the US will postpone a scheduled ballistic missile test originally scheduled for this week to demonstrate the US capability is a responsible nuclear-armed country amid rising nuclear tension with Russia.

“In an effort to demonstrate that we have no intention of engaging in any actions that could be misunderstood or misconstrued, the Secretary of Defense has directed our Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile test launch, scheduled for this week, to be postponed,” said Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby.

He further stated that the postponement was not a step backward in the US’ readiness to respond to Russia and claimed they remained confident in their current strategic posture.