The use of atomic bombs in World War II gave more and more countries reason to investigate and gather knowledge about their own nuclear capabilities, even how to begin the construction of them. After the Germans created their very own nuclear bombs and the United States started to mention that they had weapons of mass destruction, the Soviet Union knew they had to gather their scientist and engineers to quickly finish their own nuclear and atomic bombs. (Soviet Atomic Program) Especially preparing weapons of mass destruction during the Cold War. This led to the Soviet Union to testing their first nuclear bomb called the RDS-1 at Semipalatink on August 29, 1949. Eventually the United States launched its hydrogen bomb program in the early 1950s, which led the USSR to follow and initiate their own hydrogen bomb programs. (Soviet Atomic Program) Stalin promoted the creation and future use of atomic and nuclear bombs. When he died his legacy continued with Nikita Khrushchev. August 12, 1953, three months after Stalin’s death, the Soviet Union detonated their first, original design, thermonuclear bomb; in the exact same location where their first atomic bomb was tested, in northern Kazakstan. (Seventeen Moments in Soviet History) Stalin’s top priority for his country was to the improve nuclear arm program and before his death, the Soviet Union tested three nuclear bombs. His successor allowed sixteen, which included 3 hydrogen bombs, to explode between 1953 and 1955. (Hydrogen Bomb) It was clear that that Khrushchev continued the legacy of Stalin. During the experimental trials of the hydrogen bombs, the government had to make an announcement to the people of what was going; the explosions of the hydrogen bomb were of such great strength, and was then discovered that it was a lot greater than the power of atomic bombs. (GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT) With the nuclear capabilities of this country, the death of Stalin only increased the testing and creation of deadly weapons.
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