U.S. State Department Says China May Have Conducted Low-Level Nuclear Test Blasts

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Military vehicles carrying DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missiles travel past Tiananmen Square in Beijing in October 2019. Photo: Reuters

FOX News/WSJ: Possible Chinese nuclear testing stirs US concern

The Trump administration’s allegation is included in an unclassified summary of an annual review of international compliance with arms-control accords

China might be secretly conducting nuclear tests with very low explosive power despite Beijing’s assertions that it is strictly adhering to an international accord banning all nuclear tests, according to a new arms-control report to be made public by the State Department.

The coming report doesn’t present proof that China is violating its promise to uphold the agreement, but it cites an array of activities that “raise concerns” that Beijing might not be upholding the “zero-yield” nuclear-weapons testing ban.

The concerns stem from the high tempo of activity at China’s Lop Nur test site, extensive excavations at the site, and China’s purported use of special chambers to contain explosions.


Update #1: China may have conducted low-level nuclear test blasts, U.S. says (Reuters)
Update #2: China may be secretly testing low-grade nukes: report (NYPost)

WNU Editor: Not impressed by this report. The U.S. does not provide much evidence to support their claim, and what they do provide has been contradicted by the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization.