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US believes Russia conducting low-level nuclear tests: official

Russia's President Vladimir Putin. (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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