Russia Closely Watching U.S. After High-Explosive Test In Nevada

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Russian news media has reported that the Kremlin is now carefully watching the U.S. after a high-explosive test was carried out this past Wednesday at a nuclear test site in Nevada.  The Department of Energy told Bloomberg the test used chemicals and radioisotopes to “validate new predictive explosion models” that can help detect atomic blasts in other countries.  Corey Hinderstein of the National Nuclear Security Administration said, “They will help reduce global nuclear threats by improving the detection of underground nuclear explosive tests.”  Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said during a briefing,  “the underground tests on October 18 in Nevada should be given an international legal assessment, since the United States is a signatory to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and is obliged to refrain from violating this agreement.”  The U.S. test comes at a time when Russia has announced its intention to withdraw from Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.