Russian Federation 'probably' not adhering to nuke test ban

Russian Federation 'probably' not adhering to nuke test ban

The US government announced last Friday that the country carried out a subcritical nuclear test in the state of Nevada in February. He added, "Our understanding of nuclear weapon development leads us to believe Russia's testing activities would help it to improve its nuclear weapons capabilities".

US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus referred specific questions to the DIA, but charged that Russian Federation "routinely" disregarded its worldwide obligations and was in breach of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

It has not come into force globally, lacking the signatures from eight nuclear technology nations. Subsequently, the CTBT has been lying limbo for more than two decades.

The Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1996, bans all nuclear tests worldwide whether for civilian or military purposes. "The CTBTO and its verification regime can be explicitly called upon to verify this aspect of an agreement".

Washington's fearmongering about Russian Federation has reached new heights, with the Pentagon now suggesting that Moscow might be conducting nuclear tests banned by a treaty which the U.S. never even ratified.

The allegation of Robert Ashley, the director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, on Wednesday was "a crude provocation", which was "absolutely groundless" and aimed at tarnishing the reputation of Russian Federation, the ministry said in a statement. US National Security Advisor John Bolton recently claimed that Iran was "almost certainly" behind an attack on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

He said the US believes that Russian Federation is carrying out low-yield testing at Novaya Zemlya-a secluded archipelago above the Arctic Circle where the USSR often tested nuclear weapons.

This begs the question of what, if anything, has changed since then that would support a different conclusion.

Former Undersecretary of States for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller told the House Armed Services Committee in December 2015 that "within this century, the only state that has tested nuclear a way that produced a nuclear yield is North Korea".

Meanwhile, the Russian embassy in the United States said that the U.S. claims against Russia concerning the bilateral New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (NEW Start) are misleading and result from the suspension of the strategic stability dialogue between Moscow and Washington.

The US has signed the treaty but its ratification was rejected in 1999 by the Senate due to opposition from Republicans.

Lieutenant General Robert Ashley, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, part of the USA military that provides analysis, voiced alarm at Russia's modernization of its nuclear forces.

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