Kremlin on suspected missile explosion: ‘Accidents happen’

Kremlin on suspected missile explosion: ‘Accidents happen’


THAT SISTER WAS AN INTENDED TARGET. HARRIS?>>Harris: MIKE TOBIN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE KREMLIN IS APPARENTLY BREAKING ITS ISLANDS ON A DEADLY EXPLOSION THAT MAY HAVE INVOLVED A NUCLEAR POWERED MISSILE IN NORTHERN RUSSIA. RUSSIA NOW SAYING THAT RADIATION SPIKED UP TO 16 TIMES THE NORMAL LEVEL AND THAT ACCIDENTS HAPPEN. NATIONAL SECURITY CORRESPOND JENNIFER GRIFFIN LIVE AT THE PENTAGON. WHEN YOU AND I GOT TOGETHER YESTERDAY, I SAID, “CAN WE TRUST BUT THEY ARE SAYING?” THEY SAID IT WAS REMOTE AND SMALL. I’VE SEEN VIDEO WHERE THERE’S LIKE A CITY IN THE FOREGROUND!>>HARRIS, FORTUNATELY IT’S A SMALL CITY NEARBY WITH ABOUT 500 PEOPLE AS PART OF ITS POPULATION. BUT THEY ARE VERY SCARED, STILL. THEY DON’T TRUST THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT. YESTERDAY THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT CALLED FOR AN EVACUATION OF THAT SMALL TOWN IN NORTHERN RUSSIA WHERE THE MISSILE EXPLODED, BECAUSE OF THE HIGH LEVELS OF RADIATION. HOURS LATER, MOSCOW CANCELED THE EVACUATION ORDER, ADDING TO THE CONFUSION. WHEN ONE MISSILE EXPRESSIBLE TO CAST DOUBTS ABOUT THE FUTURE.>>I THINK THEY ARE DEVELOPING A NUCLEAR POWERED CRUISE MISSILE. THIS IS A HIGH-PRIORITY PROGRAM. I DON’T BELIEVE THE POST OF THE SYSTEM IS INVISIBLE. I THINK YOU HAVE TRIED GETTING IT TO WORK. I’M NOT SURE IT EVER WILL WORK.>>AT THE DEFENSE MINISTRY DOWNPLAYED REPORTS OF THE LEAK, SAYING THERE WAS “NO HARMFUL ATMOSPHERIC DISCHARGES.” FIVE DAYS LATER, A SPECIAL TRAIN WAS SUPPOSED TO EVACUATE THE 500 PEOPLE WHO MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED. MEDICS WHO TREATED THE VICTIMS, INCLUDING FIVE DEAD RUSSIAN NUCLEAR SCIENTISTS, HAVE BEEN SUMMONED BACK TO MOSCOW FOR MEDICAL EXAMS AFTER BEING EXPOSED TO THE HIGH LEVELS OF RADIATION. THE MEDICS WERE FORCED TO SIGN NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS ABOUT WHAT THEY SAW. SATELLITE PHOTOS SHOW SHIPS KNOW TO CARRY NUCLEAR FUEL IN A RESTRICTED ZONE NEAR THE TEST SITE. U.S. INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS BELIEVE THE EXPLOSION WAS AN ENGINE TEST FOR THE NUCLEAR POWERED CRUISE MISSILE KNOWN AS SKYFALL. DESIGNED TO FLY ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. THE U.S. TRIED TO DEVELOP A SIMILAR CRUISE MISSILE IN THE 50s AND 60s BUT ABANDON THE PROJECT BECAUSE IT DIDN’T MAKE SENSE TO PUT A NUCLEAR REACTOR INSIDE A MISSIL MISSILE.>>FROM THE SHAPE OF THE MISSILE, THIS LOOKS LIKE IT FLIES SUB SONICALLY. BELOW THE SPEED OF SOUND. THIS IS MORE LIKE AN AIRPLANE.

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