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World Washington does not rule out carrying out its first nuclear test in almost 30 years

18:40  23 may  2020
18:40  23 may  2020 Source:   lexpress.fr

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The Trump administration would thus like to send a signal to Russia and China, which it accuses of carrying out tests.

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This act would constitute a break with American defense policy. The Trump administration has raised the possibility of carrying out the first U.S. nuclear test since 1992 as a warning to Russia and China, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

According to the American daily, which quotes a senior government official and two former officials, all on condition of anonymity, this discussion took place at a meeting on May 15. It came after US officials said that Russia and China are testing. Moscow and Beijing denied, and Washington has not provided evidence.

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For the senior administration official quoted by the Washington Post, to show that the United States is capable of carrying out a test "quickly" would be a useful negotiating tactic at a time when Washington is seeking to conclude a tripartite agreement with Russia and China on nuclear weapons. The meeting ended without a decision, and sources were divided over further discussions.

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Beatrice Fihn, of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the group that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017, warned that US nuclear test could "plunge us into a new Cold War".

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"It would also blow up any chance of avoiding a new and dangerous nuclear arms race. It would erode the global framework for arms control," she said in a statement. The Donald Trump administration has made decisions that have rocked American defense policy many times.

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This information from the Washington Post was published after the American president announced that he wanted to withdraw his country from the Open Skies (Open Skies) treaty which entered into force in 2002, accusing Russia of violating it. This text authorizes the signatory countries to make observation flights over the territories of other states to verify military movements.

This is the third international agreement from which the American president decides to withdraw the United States, after the pact on the Iranian nuclear program , denounced in 2018, and the INF treaty on medium-range land missiles, which was abandoned in 2019 .

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