Trump admin considered 1st NUCLEAR TEST since 1992 as show of strength to Russia & China  reports

 rt.com  05/23/2020 07:50:04 

23 May, 2020 07:50

Trump admin considered 1st NUCLEAR TEST since 1992 as show of strength to Russia & China  reports

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The Trump administration considered whether to carry out a "rapid" nuclear test  its first since 1992  which was described as a useful bargaining chip in dealing with Russia and China, according to media reports.

The proposal to cause a controlled nuclear explosion is "very much an ongoing conversation," a high-ranked administration official told the Washington Post on Saturday.

The Trump administration believes that a "rapid test" could prove useful in making Moscow and Beijing negotiate a nuclear-weapons-related trilateral deal with Washington, the paper's sources said.

The rationale behind the United States holding its first test of this kind since 1992 involves a convenient allegation that Russia and China have resumed testing low-yield nuclear munitions. So far, however, there is no publicly available evidence substantiating the claims, the Post itself noted.

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