Washington: United States on Wednesday successfully conducted a “subcritical” nuclear test at an underground site in Nevada, a state in the west of United States, in order to to test the safety, effectiveness and study the behaviour of nuclear materials.
According to authorities, the Nevada National Security Site had successfully detonated plutonium in a deep shaft on Wednesday.
“Challenging sub-critical experiments maintain our capabilities to ensure that we can support a safe, secure and effective stockpile without having to conduct underground testing,” NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino said in a statement.
The nuclear test came after the growing global urge for nuclear disarmament led by US.
Meanwhile, Iran and Japan have sternly condemned the test by US, saying the action threatens world peace and proves a hypocritical stance of Washington when it comes to nuclear research.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry was moved amid the detonation and said that it proves the US foreign policy relies heavily on the use of nuclear weapons, ignoring UN calls for global disarmament.
Head of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Survivors Council Hirotami Yamada said, the test proves that the US “could use nuclear weapons anytime.”
The test is recorded as the twenty-seventh American “subcritical experiment” since full-fledged nuclear weapons tests were barred in 1992.