FAST FIVE: Deadly Explosions Aside, Kremlin Says Putin's Nuclear-Powered Missile Far Ahead Of US Technology

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Russia says their nuclear-powered missile is far ahead of the United States despite a deadly mishap  during a failed test which killed seven people and sent radiation all over the region, according to Bloomberg.  Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russian President Vladimir Putin “has repeatedly said that Russian developments in this area surpass the level achieved by other countries, and are quite unique.”  According to the report “US officials have said repeatedly in the past year that its military is working on such programs,” which was echoed in a Monday tweet by President Trump – who said “We have similar, though more advanced, technology,” adding “The Russian “Skyfall” explosion has people worried about the air around the facility, and far beyond.

The Russian “Skyfall” explosion has people worried about the air around the facility, and far beyond.

Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2019 “Skyfall” appears to confirm reports that the weapon being tested was the Burevestnik SSC-X-9 nuclear-powered cruise missile, which Putin introduced during a brief animated segment during his state-of-the-nation address last year.

One measurement was as high as 1.78 microsieverts per hour.  While World Nuclear Association spokesman Jonathan Cobb says that the radiation spike would be akin to a dental x-ray, however the incident prompted a voluntary evacuation (downgraded from mandatory), and has residents and neighboring countries on edge.  News of the explosion set off in nearby cities and towns a run on iodine, a form of which is believed to help prevent the thyroid gland from absorbing radiation.

“They need to publish more comprehensive data on the event before we can know if the local population faces danger.”.

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