The Trump administration “is considering the first nuclear test since 1992 and citing Russia and China threats” – but experts warn it could launch a “never-before-seen arms race” and destabilize international relations
- Trump administration officials reportedly discussed conducting a nuclear test during a May 15 meeting with several national security agencies
- They claimed that Russia and China had secretly made their own low-yield nuclear weapons tests
- Discussions revealed “serious disagreements” about whether the US should resume nuclear efforts for the first time since 1992
The Trump administration has debated whether the US’s first nuclear test should be conducted in nearly three decades, according to a report in The Washington Post.
A senior executive told the newspaper Friday that the deliberations took place on Friday, May 15, during a meeting with members of the highest national security body.
At least one member of the Trump administration preceded the discussions by claiming that “both Russia and China conduct their own, underground nuclear tests” on their own. Both of these countries have denied that they do.
Members at the May 15 meeting suggested that a quick test of US nuclear weapons could help Washington “negotiate” with both Moscow and Beijing.
The Trump administration has debated whether the US’s first nuclear test should be conducted in nearly three decades, according to a bombshell report in The Washington Post. It is unclear how involved President Trump was in discussions on the resumption of nuclear efforts, which reportedly took place on May 15
The United States has not conducted a nuclear test since 1992, and any plans to do so could have dramatic geopolitical consequences. Image: The latest full-scale underground test of a nuclear weapon was conducted by the Los Alamos National Laboratory at the Nevada Test Site. The test, code named “Divider”, was the last of 1,030 nuclear tests conducted by the U.S.
The United States has not conducted a nuclear test since 1992, and some plans to do so could have dramatic geopolitical consequences.
Daryl Kimball, chief executive of the Arms Control Association, told The Washington Post: ‘It would be the launching gun of a never-before-seen nuclear weapon race. You would also disrupt negotiations with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, who may no longer feel compelled to honor his nuclear testing moratorium. ‘
“If this administration believes that a nuclear test explosion and nuclear failure will force negotiating partners to make unilateral concessions, it is a dangerous ploy,” he added.
Such sentiments were echoed by some members of the national security agencies during the May 15 meeting.
The Trump administration’s official told The Washington Post that there were “serious disagreements” about whether the United States should resume nuclear testing. Members of the National Nuclear Security Administration are said to have been particularly loud.
A Trump administrator claimed that Russia and China had secretly made their own “low-yield” nuclear weapons tests. Both countries have refused to do so
The administration manager claims that the proposal to resume US weapons testing – though divisive – is “very much an ongoing conversation.”
However, another source familiar with the deliberations on May 15 claimed that it concluded with a decision to “avoid a resumption of testing”.
Marshall Billingslea, who currently serves in the Trump administration as assistant secretary of the Treasury for terrorist financing – has previously warned that China may “intend to build up its nuclear forces and use these forces to try to scare the United States and our friends and allies.”
The Trump administration “does not currently pursue new nuclear structures, but reserves the right to do so if China and Russia refuse to negotiate their programs.”
All US nuclear tests that would be done would probably involve the existing arsenal.
About 2,000 nuclear tests have been conducted in the past, with more than half of those conducted by the United States. A nuclear test from 1940 in the Nevada desert is depicted
About 2,000 nuclear tests have been conducted in the past, with more than half of those conducted by the United States. The United States is also the only country to have launched nuclear weapons during conflict.
Concerns about the health consequences of nuclear tests, however, resulted in the extensive Nuclear Test Treaty adopted by the U.S. 1996.
184 countries have signed the treaty, but it does not currently apply, as eight specific countries – including the US, China and Iran – have not ratified it.
Last year, Forbes reported that the Trump administration could “scrap the treaty” after the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Director General Robert P. Ashley, Jr., claimed that the U.S. that Russia is probably not following its moratorium on nuclear testing. ‘
The United States is also the only country to have launched nuclear weapons during conflict. , Atomic bomb mushroom clouds over Hiroshima (left) and Nagasaki (right)