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Forget Covid - US nuclear test: will this make us safer?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by chelsea2, May 24, 2020.

  1. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    A way to give a message to China & Russia?
    Or to try and boost flagging election polls?
    Or......?

    The Trump administration has discussed whether to conduct the first US nuclear test explosion since 1992 in a move that would have far-reaching consequences for 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 US 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.

    During the meeting, serious disagreements emerged over the idea, in particular from the National Nuclear Security Administration, according to two people familiar with the discussions. The NNSA, an agency that ensures the safety of the nation’s stockpile of nuclear weapons, did not respond to a request for comment.

    The US has not conducted a nuclear test explosion since September 1992, and nuclear nonproliferation advocates warned that doing so now could have destabilising consequences.

    “It would be an invitation for other nuclear-armed countries to follow suit,” said Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association. “It would be the starting gun to an unprecedented nuclear arms race. You would also disrupt the negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who may no longer feel compelled to honour his moratorium on nuclear testing.”


    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/...r-test-white-house-russia-china-a9529546.html
     
  2. lexus300

    lexus300 Star commenter

    Could we be any more unstable than we are now?
     
    Jamvic likes this.
  3. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Seriously doubt it will happen.

    They tested a laser weapon yesterday - looks very effective.
     
  4. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    I love where it says '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'. Like Russia and China are open societies with a free press that's going to put stuff like that on the front page.
     
    lexus300 likes this.
  5. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    You shouldn't look at lasers.
     
    ajrowing likes this.
  6. lexus300

    lexus300 Star commenter

    You are ‘off message’ again, Art;)
     
  7. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    Maybe Trump thinks the nuclear fallout will kill the virus.
     
    ajrowing likes this.

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