WASHINGTON, (BM) – The Pentagon announced the ability to prepare for nuclear testing in a few months if received the appropriate order from the president. This was told by the acting assistant secretary of defense for nuclear affairs Drew Walter, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
“I think this can happen relatively quickly,” a Pentagon spokesman said in response to a Defense News question about short-term nuclear testing for technical or geopolitical reasons.
Walter explained that a “very quick test with limited data collection capabilities” could be done in a few months. At the same time, he noted that large-scale tests will require longer preparation – a year or more.
As The Washington Post reported earlier, citing informed sources, senior officials from the US administration on May 15 discussed the possibility of conducting the first nuclear test since 1992. The source said that officials did not reach such an agreement, but it was decided to take other measures in response to threats allegedly emanating from Russia and China.
April 10, it became known that the United States modernized almost 20 nuclear warheads that are located in Germany. Nuclear warheads at a military base in Büchel are part of the NATO program. Officially, neither the German nor the American side confirms their placement. At the same time, the Pentagon announced the need to deploy nuclear weapons in NATO countries.
The Russian Foreign Ministry warned the United States against the deployment of nuclear weapons in Europe, which only exacerbates relations between Russia and the alliance.
The Strategic Offensive Arms Reduction Treaty (START III) was signed in 2010 and entered into force in 2011. It remains the only current arms limitation treaty between Russia and the United States. The agreement expires in February 2021.
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