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May 16, 1995 | Times Wire Services
China conducted an underground nuclear test Monday, just days after more than 170 nations agreed to indefinitely extend the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The official New China News Agency did not say when or where the test took place, but the Australian Seismological Center monitored the blast and said it occurred at Lop Nur, in the Xinjiang region of western China. The center estimated that the blast was equivalent to between 40 and 150 kilotons of dynamite.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1987
The resumption of testing on the part of the United States is a step in the wrong direction. Bigger and better nuclear weapons will not make us safer; rather the resumption of testing threatens us with another round of arms escalation as well as escalation of fear, tension and distrust. By turning away from the testing moratorium, we are turning away from an opportunity to reassure the world that we are sincere in our desire for peace. The fact that the most powerful government in the world rescheduled its resumption of testing to preempt the many demonstrations planned nationwide is in itself testimony to the effectiveness of ordinary people saying no. We must continue to say no to death and destruction, and turn again to those efforts that are life-affirming.
NEWS
November 27, 1986 | United Press International
The Soviet Union gave a clear signal Wednesday that it will resume nuclear tests after Jan. 1 unless the United States joins a testing moratorium. Andronik A. Petrosyants, chairman of the Soviet state atomic energy committee, said that Moscow's unilateral test moratorium, declared in August, 1985, remains in force until the end of this year. "There is still time for the United States, before Jan.
NEWS
April 12, 1986 | WILLIAM J. EATON, Times Staff Writer
One day after the United States set off an underground nuclear explosion in Nevada, the Soviet Union announced Friday that it will end its self-imposed, eight-month-old nuclear test moratorium The formal statement did not indicate when, or if, the Soviet Union would set off a nuclear blast. It did, however, add that the Soviet government is still ready at any time to negotiate a halt to nuclear tests if U.S. officials agree to a moratorium.
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July 6, 1993 | From Reuters
China on Monday sidestepped President Clinton's request to join the United States publicly in a moratorium on underground nuclear testing. In a statement issued in response to Clinton's extension of a testing moratorium, the Chinese Foreign Ministry chose only to reiterate Beijing's oft-stated stand opposing nuclear arms in principle and vowing "restraint" in testing. But the statement avoided mention of Washington's specific request that China agree to halt testing.
NEWS
May 25, 1992 | R. JEFFREY SMITH, THE WASHINGTON POST
Under growing pressure from Congress, allied nations and former U.S. adversaries in the aftermath of the Cold War, the Bush Administration is considering proposals to limit U.S. nuclear weapons testing, officials have disclosed. High-ranking U.S. officials 10 days ago completed work on an "options paper" listing alternative nuclear testing constraints that President Bush could put forward at or before next month's summit in Washington with Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin, the officials said.
SCIENCE
September 17, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Carbon-14 fallout from above-ground nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s is embedded in tooth enamel, allowing scientists to estimate age to within 1.6 years, Jonas Frisen of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm reported this week in the journal Nature. Tooth enamel contains 0.4% carbon. Concentrations in teeth thus reflect the amount in the atmosphere when the enamel was formed. It does not work for individuals born before 1943 because their teeth formed before nuclear tests began.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1986
President Reagan lent his support and encouragement to renewed nuclear testing in the Nevada desert, despite a unilateral promise by the Soviet Union to place a moratorium on such testing while the two superpowers negotiate a nuclear treaty. This support verifies a growing concern that what we have on our hands is a President whose competency is in question. It is not only personally insulting, but also truly frightening that our President would ignore the hand that is finally reaching out in a gesture of peace, in favor of "defensive" underground explosions that shake up the world.
NEWS
July 29, 1992 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee bluntly told the Bush Administration on Tuesday that it must further limit U.S. nuclear testing on its own or Congress will impose a moratorium that might contain more stringent restrictions. The warning by Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) was considered likely to heighten prospects for congressional enactment of some sort of moratorium.
NEWS
September 3, 1995 | from Reuters
Thousands of Tahitians, supported by politicians from around the world, marched arm in arm through the Tahitian capital on Saturday to step up pressure on Paris to cancel nuclear tests in the South Pacific. The four-mile march into the center of Papeete was led by Tahitian independence movement leader Oscar Temaru and Japanese Finance Minister Masayoshi Takemura, the most senior of about 50 international politicians here for the march.
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