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US discussed holding first nuclear test in decades: Report

President Donald Trump s administration has discussed holding the first US nuclear test since 1992 as a potential warning to Russia and China, the Washington Post reported Friday. Such a test would be a significant departure from US defense policy and dramatically up the ante for other nuclear-armed nations. One analyst told the newspaper that if it were to go ahead it would be seen as the starting gun to an unprecedented nuclear arms race . The report, citing one senior administration official and two former officials, all who spoke anonymously, said the discussion had taken place at a meeting on May 15. It came after some US officials reportedly claimed that Russia and China were conducting their own low-yield tests. Moscow and Beijing have denied the claims, and the US has not offered evidence for them. The senior administration official said that demonstrating Washington s ability to rapid test would be a useful negotiating tactic as the US seeks a trilateral agreement with ...


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