U.S. Conducts "Subcritical" Nuclear Testing

June 15 , 2004

On May 25th, the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration announced that it had conducted a subcritical nuclear test in an underground cavern, 85 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The test, so-called "Operation Unicorn" was the 20th "experiment" as part of a new testing program which began in 1997.

Such "subcritical experiments" involve exposing tiny amounts of nuclear materials to high explosives. According to U.S. officials, the blasts do not produce a nuclear chain reaction, but are "designed to test the skills of U.S. nuclear weapons experts, as well as the materials contained in the U.S. nuclear arsenal."

Bush administration officials have said recently that they want the Nevada Site to "to resume full-scale nuclear tests, if necessary."

Such tests are further proof that the U.S. government is planning nuclear war and directly threatening humanity with disaster.

Last year, the U.S. government took concrete steps to develop a new generation of nuclear bombs. The Senate Armed Services Committee voted to repeal a 10-year-old ban on the development of small nuclear arms, and approved $15.5 million to conduct further research on a huge nuclear weapon, called the "Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator," that would be used to destroy deeply buried targets. The panel also agreed to spend $6 million to research other "advanced nuclear weapons concepts," and it earmarked $25 million to enable the Pentagon to resume new nuclear weapons testing that was suspended under previous administrations.

Today, as the U.S. tries to create a "new world order" with itself as the judge, jury and executioner of the peoples everywhere it is increasingly relying on the nuclear option and its nuclear superiority to intimidate and threaten the peoples.

By continually discussing the need for "new nuclear weapons" and "nuclear strike options," the government is trying to override the profound anti-nuclear, anti-war sentiments of the peoples and prepare public opinion for the use of nuclear weapons.