US authorities have discussed the possibility of conducting the first nuclear test since 1992, writes The Washington Post, quoted by TACC.
According to the publication, this issue was raised last Friday at a meeting of US officials from departments involved in national security issues. No agreement was reached then on conducting the nuclear test. One of the employees told the publication that the discussions are continuing. Another source told The Washington Post that it was ultimately decided to take other measures in response to threats that Washington said came from China and the Russian Federation to avoid a resumption of nuclear tests. The National Security Council in the White House declined to comment on the information, the publication was quoted as saying by FOCUS.
A senior administration official noted that Moscow’s and Beijing’s demonstrations that the United States could conduct a “quick test” could give the United States an advantage in arms control talks that Washington wants to involve not only Russia but also China. . The publication points out that during the meeting there were serious disagreements over the idea of conducting a nuclear test.
According to The Washington Post, proponents of nuclear non-proliferation believe that the resumption of nuclear tests could have destabilizing consequences. “It will be an invitation for other nuclear-weapon states to follow suit. <...> That would signal an unprecedented arms race. It will also undermine talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
TASS has not yet been able to obtain comment from the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department and the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration on the information provided by The Washington Post.
On June 13, 2019, the intelligence department of the Ministry of Defense issued a written statement stating that Russia was “conducting nuclear weapons tests leading to nuclear explosions.” This document was prepared in response to the remarks of the Director of the Office, Lieutenant General of the Land Forces Robert Ashley, who on May 29, 2019 stated at a seminar at the Hudson Institute in Washington that Russia, as the United States believes, “probably does not adheres in this way to the moratorium on nuclear tests, which complies with the zero power standard. “Russia has flatly rejected Ashley’s findings. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called them ‘crazy’ speculations on May 31 of that year. Russia has had a moratorium on nuclear tests for almost three decades. The last such test was conducted at the Novaya Zemlya test site. on 24 October 1990