US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Senior officials from the US administration on May 15 discussed the possibility of conducting the first nuclear test since 1992, the Washington Post reported, citing informed sources.
The meeting participants considered the possibility of conducting a nuclear test explosion, citing information from administration officials that Russia and China were allegedly conducting low-power nuclear tests.
According to supporters of the test, its implementation will facilitate negotiations on the conclusion of a new treaty on the reduction of strategic offensive arms (START), in particular, attracting China to them, which Washington is striving for.
The meeting ended without a specific decision, but one source said that “it is very likely that the conversation will continue.”
Another source said that in the end, the prevailing opinion was that in response to the threats emanating from Russia and China, other measures should be resorted to and refraining from resuming the tests.
The publication believes that the test, if carried out, “will have far-reaching consequences for relations with other nuclear powers and will lift a ten-year moratorium on such actions.”
START-3 was signed in 2010, entered into force in February 2011, and expires on February 5, 2021. The Russian Federation has repeatedly proposed various options for extending the agreement; the United States advocates joining the Chinese agreements . Beijing, for its part, explained the refusal to join the treaty by the fact that its strategic nuclear potential is significantly inferior to the US and Russian.
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