Publication: Monitor Volume: 3 Issue: 161

A top Russian government official on August 28 dismissed U.S. suspicions — voiced also by Norway — that Russia had conducted an underground nuclear test on August 16 at its Novaya Zemlya test site. Atomic Energy Minister Viktor Mikhailov said that the seismic event detected by the U.S. and Norway was the result of "an ordinary earthquake [that] took place in the Kara Sea, 60 miles away from Novaya Zemlya." Mikhailov reiterated that Moscow was maintaining its moratorium on nuclear testing. (Itar-Tass, AP, August 29)

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