The United States, Russia, and China have in recent years constructed new facilities and excavated tunnels on their territories intended for testing nuclear weapons. This opinion is based on satellite images.
The areas in question are located in the Chinese region of Xinjiang, a site on a Russian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, and a location in the desert of the U.S. state of Nevada. The images from the last three to five years depict new mountain tunnels, new roads, storage facilities, and increased traffic to and from these test sites, according to CNN.
“We’re seeing a lot of signs that Russia, China, and the United States could be preparing to resume nuclear weapons testing,” says Jeffrey Lewis, an associate professor at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, a non-governmental organization dedicated to countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
According to CNN, retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and former intelligence analyst Cedric Leighton reaches the same conclusion.
“It’s very clear that all three countries, Russia, China, and the U.S., have invested a lot of time, effort, and money, not only in modernizing their nuclear arsenals but also in preparing the kind of activities that would be necessary for a test,” he says.
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