Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said the Trump administration's debate over whether to conduct a nuclear weapons test is reckless, Reuters reported.
Presidential Administration of Donald Trump has been considering the possibility of carrying out the first nuclear explosion since 1992, the Washington Post reported, citing a senior official and two former officials familiar with the talks.
As a result of the discussion, no decision was made to conduct a nuclear test, and it was decided to take other measures in response to the threats emanating from Russia and China.
“The possibility that the Trump administration may resume nuclear explosive weapons testing in Nevada is as reckless as it is dangerous. We have not tested a device since 1992; we don’t need to do so now,” Biden said in a statement.
The former vice president said a possible resumption of such tests by the US would not bring Moscow or Beijing to the negotiating table on a new arms control agreement.
“This is delusional,” he said. “A resumption of testing is more likely to prompt other countries to resume militarily significant nuclear testing, and undermine our nuclear nonproliferation goals,” including those aimed at North Korea and Iran.