Russia described the U.S. Air Force’s flight test of an inactive B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb in Nevada on July 1 as an open provocation and a breach of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons or NPT. The United States is hiding under the guise of its false claims of Russian aggression to justify its advancement of nuclear arsenals, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov alleged.
U.S. nuclear bomb test is a provocation
“The actions of the US side in the current situation are openly provocative, and are contrary to Washington’s stated desire for complete nuclear disarmament,” Antonov said as quoted by Sputnik International.
Antonov said the U.S. is guilty of made-up stories about Russian threat against NATO in order to justify its own goal of increasing its nuclear weapons.
“Under the guise of the infamous and fictitious threat from the Russian side, the United States are not only building up its military capacity and the presence of NATO near the western borders of the Russian Federation, but also are modernizing its nuclear arsenal,” Antonov said.
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He said that the nuclear bomb test conducted on July 1 was carried out in order to examine the possibility of using the B61-12 nuclear bomb with NATO fighter bomber stationed in Europe. The nuclear testing “confirmed the US intention to maintain deployed nuclear weapons in Europe that can reach Russian territory, and to maximize their combat effectiveness,” Antonov said.
Antonov highlighted that the testing conducted by U.S. is evidence of persistent reluctance to reconsider the participation of non-nuclear NATO members in the joint nuclear missions that are in direct with the obligations taken under the NPT.
U.S conducts flight test of NON-NUCLEAR B61-12 gravity bomb
On July 8, the United States Air Force or USAF and the National Nuclear Security Administration or NNSA announced the completion of the first development flight test of a non-nuclear B61-12 gravity bomb at Tonopah test Range in Nevada. The test was conducted on July 1, NNSA said in its announcement.
“This test marks a major milestone for the B61-12 Life Extension Program, demonstrating end-to-end system performance under representative delivery conditions,” said NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs Dr. Don Cook.
“Achieving the first complete B61-12 flight test provides clear evidence of the nation’s continued commitment to maintain the B61 and provides assurance to our allies,” Cook said.
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