July 3, 1997 |
The United States began a round of controversial underground nuclear weapons-related tests Wednesday in the Nevada desert, an Energy Department spokeswoman said. The experiments, announced earlier, were designed to test weapons materials without triggering the kind of nuclear chain reaction prohibited by an international treaty signed last year.
January 13, 1987 |
A total of 21 nuclear test explosions were carried out worldwide during 1986, the lowest number since 1960, Sweden's National Defense Research Institute reported Monday. The marked drop in numbers--from 30 in 1985 and 55 the year before--was mainly due to a voluntary ban on testing imposed by the Soviet Union in July, 1985, the institute said in its preliminary survey of last year's tests.
September 3, 1995 |
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.
February 6, 1987 |
The Kremlin confirmed Thursday that it plans to resume nuclear testing after an 18-month pause and said the decision was justified by Soviet security interests and the need to develop new weapons. Soviet officials gave no date for the first test. But they said that Moscow will not attempt to match the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative--the "Star Wars" program--and again called for a ban on nuclear testing. At a news conference, the officials denounced the U.S.
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September 7, 1995 |
She started small, she admits--a 1973 protest against the high cost of meat. Since then, she's fought issues ranging from dairy price controls to unethical advertising. Today, Arline Mathews has set her sights on the largest target to date: France. The Chatsworth resident is urging an international boycott of all things French to persuade the country to halt a series of nuclear tests in the South Pacific, which began this week.
February 8, 2002 |
Aboveground nuclear tests conducted by the Soviet Union from the 1940s until the early 1960s appear to have altered the DNA of people who were living near the test site and exposed to fallout, new research indicates. People living near the Semipalatinsk testing site in Kazakhstan passed mutations along to their children at a rate that was almost double what is normal, according to the new study, published in the journal Science.
August 4, 1992 |
Defying President Bush's wishes, the Senate voted by a veto-proof majority Monday to suspend U.S. nuclear weapons testing for nine months and eventually to halt all such tests after 1996. The vote was 68 to 26. The White House had said in advance that Bush would veto the legislation if it included a moratorium on nuclear tests that was co-sponsored by Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell (D-Me.) and Sen. Mark Hatfield (R-Ore.).
May 12, 1998 |
The Indian government exploded a hydrogen bomb Monday, shunning international pressure and threatening to drag South Asia into a dangerous and prolonged confrontation. Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee announced in an evening news conference here that this country's scientists had conducted three underground atomic tests--the country's first since 1974--in a desert laboratory 300 miles southwest of the capital.
October 8, 1994 |
China on Friday conducted its second nuclear test this year, defying pressure to join an international moratorium on such blasts. The Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a statement confirming that an underground nuclear test had been conducted, the official New China News Agency reported. The test explosion was China's third in just over a year. In Washington, the White House issued a statement declaring that the United States "deeply regrets" the Chinese nuclear test.