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Tass Quickly Reports and Condemns Nuclear Test

April 22, 1986

MOSCOW (AP) _ The official news agency Tass quickly reported and condemned the U.S. nuclear test conducted today in Nevada. It said continued testing ruins chances for a disarmament agreement.

Tass said the test was conducted in defiance of protests in the United States and in disregard of ″vital interests and aspirations of all people.″

″Washington took the road of the actual undermining of the Geneva arrangements, resorted to actions that complicate still more the tense situation in the world arena,″ Tass said in a report from Washington.

″The nuclear explosions in Nevada dash the unique chance to set a real beginning to the disarmament process,″ it said.

The Soviets have emphasized nuclear testing in public statements on U.S.-Soviet relations, linking the issue to the Geneva talks on nuclear and space arms and plans for a superpower summit in Washington.

Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev imposed an eight-month-long moratorium on nuclear weapons testing starting last August, but said earlier this month he feels free to resume tests in view of the continuing U.S. program.

The Soviet Union in the past conducted nuclear testing secretly and has not announced any new tests.

Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze said in a speech today the Kremlin is in no hurry to resume tests.

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