US discussed holding first nuclear test in decades, says report


Donald Trump has raised concerns, not for the first time, that his administration is elevating the risk of nuclear war. – EPA pic, May 23, 2020.

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 yesterday.

Such a test would be a significant departure from US defence 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”. 


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