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Home / World News / US discussed conducting its first nuclear test in decades: Report

US discussed conducting its first nuclear test in decades: Report

The topic surfaced at a meeting of senior officials representing the top national security agencies after accusations from the administration that Russia and China are conducting low-yield nuclear tests.

world Updated: May 23, 2020 12:16 IST
Reuters | Posted by: Shivani Kumar
Reuters | Posted by: Shivani Kumar
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The meeting, however, did not conclude with any agreement to conduct a nuclear test.
The meeting, however, did not conclude with any agreement to conduct a nuclear test. (Reuters)

The Trump administration discussed last week whether to conduct its first nuclear test explosion since 1992, the Washington Post reported late on Friday, citing a senior official and two former officials familiar with the matter.

The topic surfaced at a meeting of senior officials representing the top national security agencies after accusations from the administration that Russia and China are conducting low-yield nuclear tests, the Washington Post said.

The meeting, however, did not conclude with any agreement to conduct a nuclear test. A decision was ultimately made to take other measures in response to threats posed by Russia and China and avoid a resumption of testing, the report added.

US officials could not be reached immediately for a comment.

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