According to the American newspaper, which cites a senior government official and two former employees, all anonymously, the discussion of this possibility took place during a meeting held on May 15.
This came after American officials claimed that Russia and China are conducting nuclear tests. Moscow and Beijing denied, and Washington did not provide evidence of their allegations.
For the top government official quoted by the Washington Post, demonstrating that the United States is capable of testing “quickly” would be a useful negotiating tactic as Washington tries to conclude a tripartite agreement with Russia and China on nuclear weapons .
The meeting ended without a decision, and sources differ about the future of the discussions.
For Beatrice Fihn, of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the group that won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, a nuclear test carried out by the United States could “lead us to a new Cold War”.
“It would also end any possibility of avoiding a new nuclear arms race. It would end the global framework for arms control,” he said in a statement.
The Trump administration has made decisions that have shaken American defense policy on countless occasions.
This Washington Post information was published after the American president announced his intention to withdraw the US from the Open Skies Treaty, after accusing Russia of violating it.
The treaty, which came into force in 2002, authorizes the signatory countries to conduct observation flights over the territories of other states to verify military movements.
the third international defense agreement that President Trump decides to withdraw from the United States. Previously, there was the exit of the pact with the Iranian nuclear program, denounced in 2018, and the INF treaty on medium-range ground missiles, which it left in 2019.