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US believes Russia conducting low-level nuclear tests: official

Russia's President Vladimir Putin delivers an annual address to the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, at Moscow's Gostiny Dvor on Feb. 20, 2019 in Moscow. The Federal Assembly of Russia consists of the State Duma of Russia and the Federation Council of Russia. (Mikhail Tereshchenko/TASS/Zuma Press/TNS)

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The United States believes Russia may be conducting low-level nuclear testing in violation of a moratorium on such tests, the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency said on Wednesday.

“The United States believes that Russia probably is not adhering to its nuclear testing moratorium in a manner consistent with the ‘zero-yield’ standard,” Lieutenant General Robert P. Ashley said at an arms control forum at the Hudson Institute.

(Reporting by Jonathan Landay; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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