Thursday, July 20, 2006

Russia Ready for Nuclear Tests

Last week Russia's defence minister Sergei Ivanov announced plans for the deployment in Russia of new intercontinental ballistic missiles, citing the necessity for these as a means to counter what he called foreign "blackmail" - widely interpreted as a reference to the United States.

Now, AP reports that during a visit to Russia's nuclear test site on the Arctic archipelago of Novaya Zemlya, Ivanov has also announced that Russia is ready to resume nuclear weapons testing at any time, if countries that have not signed the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty do so. Only 34 countries have signed the treaty. Those that have not include China, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel and the United States.
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