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Russian nuclear weapons tests
4 November 2000
Note: this information was received too late to protest about the test series.
Nuclear Weapons Tests
Russia completed a series of subcritical test blasts of nuclear weapons on the Arctic Novaya Zemlya archipelago this week, the Nuclear Power Ministry said Friday.
The tests were successful and radiation levels were normal in the testing area, said ministry spokesman Yury Bespalko.
Subcritical experiments - in which plutonium is blasted with explosives too weak to set off an atomic explosion - are not prohibited by the international Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Moscow says it will continue the subcritical tests because they are necessary to ensure the safety of the country's nuclear arsenal.
(c) 2000 Associated Press.
From the Western States Legal Foundation.
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