Lindsey Graham warns of possible nuclear arms race with China if hypersonic launch is true: report

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Senator Lindsey Graham, RS.C., sounded the alarm over reports that China had successfully launched a hypersonic missile and said that if this were true advancement would be something the United States could not ignore, according to a report.

The New York Post reported obtaining a letter from Graham to Senate officials calling for an urgent secret meeting with the Department of Defense and intelligence officials to determine the accuracy of these reports.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 30: U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks on southern border security and illegal immigration during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on July 30, 2021 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Kevin Dietsch / Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 30: U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks on southern border security and illegal immigration during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on July 30, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch / Getty Images)

The Financial Times, citing anonymous sources, reported that Beijing launched two of these missiles during the summer months. The report says US officials are still trying to get details of the tests, but a source said Beijing appeared to “defy the laws of physics.”

The concern is that hypersonic missiles may evade defense systems.

The report pointed out that the United States has not confirmed the launch. The Department of Defense did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News.

Graham wrote in the letter that he was “not welcoming this event” because, if it were true, “it would start a nuclear arms race between the United States and China.” China has denied the information.

“We can try to convince China to withdraw to avoid a nuclear arms race, which is unlikely, or we can decide to make the necessary investments to neutralize the advantage that a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile would bring to the world. China, “Graham wrote, according to the Post.

BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 1, 2019: DF-17 Dongfeng medium range ballistic missiles equipped with a DF-ZF hypersonic glide vehicle, involved in a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China.  Zoya Rusinova / TASS (Photo by Zoya RusinovaTASS via Getty Images)

BEIJING, CHINA – OCTOBER 1, 2019: DF-17 Dongfeng medium range ballistic missiles equipped with a DF-ZF hypersonic glide vehicle, involved in a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. Zoya Rusinova / TASS (Photo by Zoya RusinovaTASS via Getty Images)

State Department spokesman Ned Price declined to comment this week on intelligence about the August test, but noted that the United States remained concerned about expanding its nuclear capabilities by China, including delivery systems for nuclear devices.

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Reuters pointed out that these missiles can travel at around 3,853 miles per hour. The launch in question would have circled the globe and missed its target. The report says US companies Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Technology are working to develop this capability.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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