Recent Nuclear Bomb Test Shows US Disregards NPT Treaty - NGO Head

© Flickr / Daniel DeCristoB61 Thermonuclear Bomb
B61 Thermonuclear Bomb - Sputnik International
On July 1, the US National Nuclear Security Administration and the US Air Force conducted a flight test of an inactive B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb in Nevada.

Mushroom cloud from an American atomic bomb test on January 17, 1962. The test was designated Upshot Knothold Grable shot No. 10. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik), Alexander Mosesov — The test of a dummy nuclear bomb by the United States signifies that the country considers the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) non-binding, the head of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation told Sputnik on Sunday.

"In testing the B61-12 gravity bomb, the US sends the message to the world community that it is intent upon modernizing its nuclear arsenal, that an improved nuclear arsenal remains part of its military strategy, and that it believes it does not need to fulfill its obligations under Article VI the NPT,” David Krieger said.

The NPT entered into force in 1970. It is designed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, at the same time promoting the use of civilian nuclear technology. The treaty established a system of safeguards that falls under the responsibility of the International Atomic Energy Agency. As many as 191 states have ratified the treaty.

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