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Fri May 22, 2020, 09:09 PM

Trump administration discussed conducting first U.S. nuclear test in decades

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/trump-administration-discussed-conducting-first-us-nuclear-test-in-decades/2020/05/22/a805c904-9c5b-11ea-b60c-3be060a4f8e1_story.html


The last full-scale underground test of a nuclear weapon was conducted at the Nevada Test Site in September 1992. (Los Alamos National Laboratory)

By John Hudson and Paul Sonne

May 22, 2020 at 9:04 p.m. EDT

The Trump administration has discussed whether to conduct the first U.S. nuclear test explosion since 1992 in a move that would have far-reaching consequences on relations with other nuclear powers and reverse a decades-long moratorium on such actions, said a senior administration official and two former officials familiar with the deliberations.

The matter came up at a meeting of senior officials representing the top national security agencies last Friday, following accusations from administration officials that Russia and China are conducting low-yield nuclear tests — an assertion that has not been substantiated by publicly available evidence and that both countries have denied.

A senior administration official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the sensitive nuclear discussions, said that demonstrating to Moscow and Beijing that the United States could “rapid test” could prove useful from a negotiating standpoint as Washington seeks a trilateral deal to regulate the arsenals of the biggest nuclear powers.


The meeting did not conclude with any agreement to conduct a test, but a senior administration official said the proposal is “very much an ongoing conversation.” Another person familiar with the meeting, however, said a decision was ultimately made to take other measures in response to threats posed by Russia and China and avoid a resumption of testing.

The National Security Council declined to comment.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 09:12 PM

1. I have said for years now that Trump

wants to set off a nuke.

Here we go.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 09:16 PM

2. The Iranians should follow our test with one of their own.



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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 09:18 PM

3. I hiked to Bow Hut in Banff National Park. There was a glacier there. Strange

bright colored puddles all over. Well i read years later that they could still get nuclear fallout readings from Siberia nuclear tests from the cold war at the glacier. That was on the Alberta/British Columbia border, thousands of miles and the Pacific Ocean away.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 09:24 PM

4. As long as the test is conducted at Merde Largo, I'm good with it.

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