US President Donald Trump has discussed the possibility of resuming nuclear tests that the government stopped in 1992. This was announced on condition of anonymity by a senior administration official in a commentary to the Washington Post.
"The Trump administration has discussed the issue of whether to conduct the first nuclear test explosion since 1992 and to lift the moratorium on such actions, which has lasted several decades. This will have far-reaching consequences for relations with other nuclear powers," the official said.
According to him, the question of new nuclear tests in the United States was raised on May 15 at a meeting of senior officials from the highest national security bodies.
A senior administration official said the demonstration by the United States of its ability to "conduct quick tests" may prove useful in terms of negotiating a tripartite agreement on the control of the arsenals of major nuclear powers; Washington is seeking to conclude one with Moscow and Beijing.
According to the other two officials, during the meeting, serious disagreements arose over this idea, in particular from the National Nuclear Safety Administration. Another person, aware of the details of the White House discussion, said that in the end it was decided to take other measures in response to the threats emanating from Russia and China, and to avoid resuming the tests.
This event was preceded by a statement by the White House that Russia and China were conducting low-power nuclear tests. This claim, however, was not supported by publicly available evidence, and the mentioned countries refuted it.
As we reported before, Russia's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Grushko stated that the withdrawal of the United States from the Open Skies treaty would affect the interests of all of its participants, who are also members of NATO.