An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) would prohibit funding for a demonstration nuclear test explosion being considered by senior Trump officials for political signaling purposes in future arms control talks with Russia and China.
Seventy-five years ago, on July 16, the United States detonated the world’s first nuclear weapons test explosion in the New Mexican desert. Just three weeks later, U.S. Air Force B-29 bombers executed surprise atomic bomb attacks on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing at least 214,000 people by the end of 1945, and injuring untold thousands more who died in the years afterward.
Social movements to improve civil rights, fight climate change, and seek nuclear disarmament have been entwined since the start of the nuclear age.
Prospects remain dim for extending New START or engaging China in nuclear arms control efforts.
U.S. lawmakers and international officials have criticized the Trump administration’s consideration of restarting nuclear testing.
Trump administration justifications for withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty are being challenged from many sides.
The nuclear adversaries have recently increased flights of strategic bombers near each other’s borders.
The Trump administration hopes to expand sales by reinterpreting the Missile Technology Control Regime.
Holding the rotating chair of the 30-nation group, the United States plans to focus on chemical weapons.
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If the White House will not rule out the option of conducting new nuclear tests, Congress should step in to ensure that such testing is not an option the president may exercise unilaterally, now or in the future.