The US Authorities Discussed The Possibility Of Conducting The First Nuclear Test Since 1992
According to the publication, as a result, it was decided to take other measures in response to threats from China and Russia.
The United States authorities were discussing the possibility of conducting the first nuclear test since 1992, according to The Washington Post, citing sources.
According to The Washington Post, this issue was raised last Friday at a meeting of American officials from departments dealing with national security issues. An agreement to conduct the test was not reached at that time. One official told the newspaper that discussions were continuing. Another source told The Washington Post that it was ultimately decided to take other measures in response to threats that Washington believes come from China and Russia, but avoid resuming nuclear tests. The national security Council at the White House declined to comment on this information, the newspaper emphasizes.
A high-ranking administration official told the newspaper that showing Moscow and Beijing that the US can conduct a "rapid test" could give the US an advantage in arms control negotiations, which Washington wants to involve not only Russia but also China. The newspaper points out that during the mentioned meeting, serious disagreements arose over the idea of conducting a nuclear test.
As the Washington Post notes, proponents of nuclear nonproliferation believe that the resumption of nuclear tests could lead to destabilizing consequences. "This would be an invitation for other nuclear-weapon States to follow suit. This would be a signal for an unprecedented arms race. It would also undermine negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un," the newspaper quoted Daryl Kimball, head of the American arms control Association, as saying.
The approval of the DIA US
The Defense Intelligence Agency issued a written statement on June 13, 2019, claiming that Russia "conducted nuclear weapons tests that led to nuclear explosions." This document was prepared in follow-up to the statements of the Director of the RMO, Lieutenant General of the army Robert Ashley, who on May 29, 2019, claimed at a seminar at the Hudson Institute in Washington that Russia, as the United States believes, " probably does not adhere to the moratorium on nuclear tests in a way that meets the zero-power standard." Russia categorically rejected the conclusions presented by Ashley. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on May 31 of the same year called them delusional speculation. A moratorium on nuclear testing has been in effect in Russia for almost three decades. The last such test was conducted at the Novaya Zemlya test site on October 24, 1990.