“If there was an order from the president to test the system, either for a technical or geopolitical problem, I think it will happen relatively quickly,” said Pentagon official Drew Walter, who is deputy deputy secretary of defense for nuclear issues, in reference to the country’s technical readiness to perform an underground nuclear test.
During his speech at an event at the Mitchell Institute, Walter noted that the nuclear test could be performed with limited previous reviews “within months, probably not years”, although he added that a full diagnosis of all details of the test it could take years for the amount of data involved, reports the Defense One portal quoting his words.
The official added that the National Nuclear Safety Administration, of the Department of Energy, “has an obligation to maintain the ability to resume testing within certain periods” and agency officials “retain the ability to perform all that underground work “in the sense that they have a suitable place for an underground nuclear test.
The United States of America has not conducted nuclear tests since 1992. Last week the Washington Post reported, citing anonymous sources, that Donald Trump’s government raised the possibility of conducting a nuclear test and the matter was posed on May 15th. during a meeting of senior officials from the main national security agencies.
US accusations against Russia and China
The U.S. State Department accused Moscow and Beijing in an April report of conducting nuclear tests. “The United States believes that Russia has conducted experiments with nuclear weapons that have created a nuclear performance and do not meet the American” zero performance “standard,” they said in the report, where zero performance means the absence of an explosive chain reaction. like that generated by the detonation of a nuclear warhead.
China’s “high level of activity” at a nuclear test site, meanwhile, has raised suspicions from US officials, fueled by a lack of transparency, and raises concerns about its adherence to the “zero performance” standard “.
The Russian authorities denied the data presented in the U.S. State Department report, said they had not violated nuclear test commitments or moratorium and defined the charges against it as disinformation. For its part, China continues to recall that “the ban on nuclear tests has become an international norm.”