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USA: Nuclear Weapons

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL6999, tabled on 20 July 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of the United States has plans to conduct a demonstration nuclear test explosion.

Answered on

3 August 2020

The US Government has assured us that they have no intention of conducting a demonstration nuclear test explosion. On 16 July, in a White House speech, President Trump noted that '[s]ince 1992, the US observed a moratorium on such testing and have relied on the scientific and technological expertise of our weapons complex to ensure our deterrent is safe, secure, and effective. True to our word, we maintain our moratorium'.