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SCOOP: In a meeting last week, the Trump administration discussed conducting the first U.S. nuclear test explosion since 1992 in a move that would have far-reaching consequences and reverse a decades-long moratorium. 1/
The move would have far-reaching consequences on relations with other nuclear powers and reverse a decades-long moratorium.
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John Hudson May 22
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A senior official said if the US demonstrated to Moscow and Beijing that it can “rapid test,” it could prove useful in negotiations as Washington seeks a new trilateral deal with the two nuclear powers. 2/
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John Hudson May 22
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The meeting did not conclude with an agreement to conduct a test but a senior administration official said the proposal is “very much an ongoing conversation.” 3/
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John Hudson May 22
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During the meeting, serious disagreements emerged over the proposal, in particular from the National Nuclear Security Administration, per sources. 4/
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John Hudson May 22
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Non-proliferation advocates have concerns. “It would be an invitation for other nuclear-armed countries to follow suit. It would be the starting gun to an unprecedented nuclear arms race," said 5/
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John Hudson May 22
Replying to @PaulSonne
The main purpose of nuclear tests is to check the reliability of an existing arsenal or try out new weapon designs. The Trump admin says it isn’t pursuing new nuclear weapons but reserves the right to do so if the two countries refuse to negotiate. My latest with 6/
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John Hudson May 28
Replying to @John_Hudson
The Biden campaign issues a statement in response to our story on the Trump admin's consideration of a nuclear test: "A resumption of testing is more likely to prompt other countries to resume militarily significant nuclear testing, & undermine our nuclear nonproliferation goals"
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🇺🇸🇵🇷 Name is Bishop🌊 May 22
I don't know if Republicans in Congress need to know this, but we're still recovering from nuclear tests. We should not be testing any nuclear explosions anymore. That's what North Korea does and we're not North Korea.
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hoy May 22
I love how it’s always a republican or a democratic thing . That’s why this country is a mess
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lawhawk May 22
Replying to @John_Hudson
Trump's fascination with using nukes is well established. He's absolutely clueless what this would mean for our security long term or anything else. He's intent on distracting from his massive failure to deal with covid19 and the 100k dead by end of weekend.
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lawhawk May 22
Replying to @John_Hudson
It's a guarantee that other countries will engage in testing and proliferation. Trump is destabilizing the world and it benefits the rogue powers and destroys our future in one fell swoop.
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