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USA does not see the need for nuclear tests

The United States reserves the right to nuclear testing, but do not see them in need, said the US special envoy on arms control Marshall Billingsley.

"No, I'm not talking about the withdrawal of the signature on the CTBT. I made it clear that the US Senate rejected (this) Treaty banning tests as entirely flawed, and the United States are not a part of it," said Billingsley on the online press conference.

He added that since 1992, when the United States imposed a moratorium on nuclear tests, the country "is and will be able to conduct nuclear tests, if we see any reasons for that."

"I was not aware of any reasons (for the resumption of testing) at the moment. But I would not exclude such a possibility, because why would we do that?" special representative said.

Billingsley also again accused Russia that it conducts a nuclear test in violation of its obligations under the CTBT. Russia has repeatedly denied such accusations.

The US has signed but not ratified the CTBT.

Russian-American consultations on strategic stability issues took place in Vienna on 22-23 June. The Russian delegation at the negotiations was headed by Deputy foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Ryabkov, us - Billingsley. They discussed the issue of extending the Contract on reduction of strategic offensive arms (start-3), which was signed in 2010 and expires in February 2021, the maintenance of stability and predictability in the conditions of the termination of the INF Treaty. At the consultations, the sides confirmed the launch of the working group on space and a number of others.