Trump Admin Explores Resuming Nuclear Tests, Citing Fears Over China And Russia
The Trump Administration reportedly is looking into conducting the first nuclear test in nearly 30 years, according to the Hill.
This would be a massive reversal of the precedent set by the Clinton Administration.
The United States has not tested nuclear weapons since 1992.
A senior administration official and two former officials told The Washington Post that the matter was discussed during “a meeting of senior officials from the top national security agencies last Friday.”
The tests would be a response to unsubstantiated claims that China and Russia are conducting nuclear tests.
A senior administration official said conducting these tests could grant the U.S. leverage in reaching a trilateral nuclear deal with Russia and China.
The meeting reportedly did not end with a final decision on the issue, following disagreement over the move, but discussions reportedly are ongoing.
The Nuclear Testing and Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty was signed by 184 nations but the U.S. has yet to ratify the agreement. It was signed because of concerns about the health and environmental consequences of nuclear testing.