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World War 3 fears: Russia shows off military might as army fires NUCLEAR missile

TERRIFYING footage shows the moment a Russian nuke was launched leaving a massive bright red mushroom cloud billowing out from underneath the missile.

The dramatic panoramic video was shot from just 50 metres away as the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was shot from a mobile launcher.

Capable of travelling at speeds of up to 16,400 miles per hour and to a distance of 6,800 miles, the Topol-M missile puts all of Europe and the East Coast of the United States in range. 

Released by the TV network of the Russian Armed Forces, the dramatic clip showed as the huge missile was detonated - exploding into the sky leaving a massive, scarlet red mushroom cloud behind it.

Debris rocketed out from the base of the mobile launcher, showering the cameras with dust and earth.

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The video also featured some special effects, with CGI added to show off the nuke's specifications and highlight the launch platform.

According to Rossiyskaya Gazeta the footage was reportedly taken at night in October at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

The Topol-M (RT-2PM2), which is 22.7m long and has a diameter of 1.9m, has a reported maximum range of 6,835 miles. 

The missile can carry four to six warheads along with decoys, according to chief designer Yury Solomonov. 

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The video of the Russia nuke launch also featured some special effects

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The missile is capable of travelling at speeds of up to 16,400 miles per hour

The nuclear-capable Topol-M missile travels at speeds of up to 16,400 miles per hour and to a distance of 6,800 miles

And at its launch, it has a mass of 47,200kg, including the 1,200kg of payload. 

The Topol-M was designed by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology, and is built at the Votkinsk Machine Building Plant.

However the Russian Defence Ministry is in the process of replacing them with the more advanced Yars missiles.

The launch comes amid an ever-tightening spiral of threat and counter-threats on the Korean peninsula.

While the Trump administration refuses to take the option of military intervention in North Korea off the table, Russia and China are adamant that diplomacy is the only way to relieve the tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Pyongyang is continuing to threaten nuclear and missile tests as Kim Jong-un continues with his sabre-rattling antics, and earlier this week, South Korea’s spy agency spotted activity at North Korea’s missile research facilities.

The regime also declared that US bomber drills show Washington is trying to "ignite a nuclear war”.

Kim Jong-un's regime believes the drills, which have also involved fighter jets from Japan and South Korea, are in preparation for an attack on the hermit state.