The Trump administration is considering ‘the first nuclear weapons test since 1992 citing threats from Russia and China,’ but experts warn it could start an ‘unprecedented arms race’ and destabilize international relations.
- Trump administration officials reportedly discussed conducting a nuclear weapons test at a May 15 meeting with several national security agencies
- They alleged that Russia and China had secretly conducted their own “low-yield” nuclear weapons tests
- Discussions reportedly sparked “serious disagreements” as to whether the US should resume nuclear testing for the first time since 1992
- 184 countries signed the UN Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 1996, but eight countries, including the US, have not ratified the treaty
The Trump administration has discussed whether America’s first nuclear weapons test should be conducted in nearly three decades, according to a report in The Washington Post.
A senior government official told the newspaper on Friday that a meeting was held on Friday, May 15, with members of the highest national security forces.
At least one member of the Trump administration has preceded the discussions by claiming that “both Russia and China are conducting low-yield underground nuclear tests themselves.” Both countries have denied doing so.
Members of the May 15 meeting suggested that conducting a “rapid test” of US nuclear weapons could help Washington “negotiate” with both Moscow and Beijing.
The Trump administration has discussed whether to conduct America’s first nuclear weapons test in nearly three decades, according to a bomb report in The Washington Post. It is unclear how involved President Trump was in discussions about nuclear test resumption, which reportedly took place on May 15
The United States has not conducted a nuclear weapons test since 1992, and any plans to do so could have dramatic geopolitical consequences. Pictured: The last full nuclear weapon underground test was conducted by the Los Alamos National Laboratory at the Nevada testing site. Code-named “Divider,” the test was the last of the 1,030 nuclear tests conducted by the United States.
The United States has not conducted a nuclear weapons test since 1992, and any plans to do so could have dramatic geopolitical consequences.
Daryl Kimball, the Executive Director of the Arms Control Association, told The Washington Post: “It would kick off an unprecedented nuclear arms race. You would also disrupt negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who may no longer feel compelled to honor his nuclear test moratorium. ‘
“If this government believes that an explosion of nuclear testing and nuclear undermining will force the negotiating partners to make unilateral concessions, that is a dangerous trick,” he added.
Such sentiments were reportedly echoed by some members of the national security services at the meeting on May 15.
The Trump administration official told The Washington Post that there were “serious disagreements” as to whether the US should resume nuclear weapons testing. Members of the National Nuclear Security Administration are said to have been particularly vocal.
A Trump administration official claimed that Russia and China had secretly conducted their own “low yield” nuclear weapons tests. Both countries have denied this
The government official claims that the proposal to resume US arms testing – although divisive – is “an ongoing conversation.”
However, another source familiar with the May 15 deliberations claimed that they concluded with a decision to “avoid resuming testing.”
Marshall Billingslea, who currently serves as the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing in the Trump administration, has previously warned that China ‘intends to build up its nuclear forces and use those forces to try to help the United States. To intimidate states and our friends and allies. ‘
The Trump administration is not currently pursuing new nuclear weapon designs, but reserves the right to do so if China and Russia refuse to negotiate their programs.
Any US nuclear test that would be conducted would likely include the existing arsenal.
About 2,000 nuclear tests have been conducted in the past, more than half of which are in the United States. A 1940 nuclear test in the Nevada desert is shown
About 2,000 nuclear tests have been conducted in the past, more than half of which have been conducted by the United States. The US is also the only country to launch nuclear weapons during a conflict.
However, concerns about the health implications of nuclear tests resulted in the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty adopted by the UN in 1996.
184 countries have signed the treaty, but it is not currently in force because eight specific countries, including the US, China and Iran, have not ratified it.
Last year, Forbes reported that the Trump administration could destroy the treaty after Defense Intelligence Agency director Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley, Jr. claimed the US ‘believes’ that Russia is unlikely to adhere to its nuclear test moratorium. ‘
The US is also the only country to launch nuclear weapons during a conflict. , Nuclear bomb mushroom clouds over Hiroshima (left) and Nagasaki (right)