Russia warns of nuclear disaster if Syria is hit

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posted on Sep, 5 2013 @ 12:26 PM
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A military strike on Syria could lead to a nuclear catastrophe if a missile were to hit a reactor containing radioactive uranium, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman warned. The remark comes as the US continues to push for a military strike on Syria.

"If a warhead, by design or by chance, were to hit the Miniature Neutron Source Reactor (MNSR) near Damascus, the consequences could be catastrophic," Aleksandr Lukashevich said in a Wednesday statement.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry urged the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to complete a risk evaluation as the US continues to seek support for military action. It asked the agency to “react swiftly” and carry out “an analysis of the risks linked to possible American strikes on the MNSR and other facilities in Syria.”

Lukashevich stated that the region could be at risk of “contamination by highly enriched uranium and it would no longer be possible to account for nuclear material, its safety and control.” He added that such material could fall into the wrong hands.

The IAEA said that it is aware of the statement, but it is waiting for a formal request asking the agency to complete a risk evaluation. “We will consider the questions raised if we receive such a request," Reuters quoted an IAEA spokesperson as saying.

The agency said in a report to member states last week that Syria had declared there was a “small amount of nuclear material” at the MNSR, a type of research reactor usually fuelled by highly enriched uranium.

Although this type of a reactor would not contain a lot of nuclear material, it would be enough to cause "a serious local radiation hazard" if the reactor was hit, nuclear expert Mark Hibbs from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace told Reuters.

The United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted on Wednesday to approve President Obama's plan to strike Syria in retaliation against the alleged use of chemical weapons by President Bashar Assad’s regime.

Should Congress move to approve the president’s request, the US could soon initiate a limited strike on Syria.

On the other hand, Moscow needs convincing proof – not rumors - from UN experts that chemical weapons were used in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with AP and Channel 1 on Tuesday.

“We believe that at the very least we should wait for the results of the UN inspection commission in Syria,” Putin said. He added that so far there is no information regarding exactly which chemical agent was used in the attack in the Damascus suburb, or who was behind it.

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posted on Sep, 5 2013 @ 02:17 PM
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Striking at Syria, the Russians warned that it may lead to a nuclear disaster due to the piles of uranium that can be found there. The result is that a nuclear catastrophe may occur in the middle East Zone which may trigger off what some people termed as the third world war . My question is, would this problem of Syria take us into a third world war? , the answer should be NO because Syria problem is civil and within Syria and it can be resolved easily. It is not an international problem but a problem that can draw great nations into big wars inorder to sell weapons, therfore we must all be very careful to stop a Military Action.



posted on Sep, 5 2013 @ 02:25 PM
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OH , dang, I was waiting for that one....
" Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman "....he's the winner...........of my contest
Who will be the first official global spokesperson to say the word NUCLEAR.....when talking about Syria.
There you have it ....folks....dad gum.....



posted on Sep, 5 2013 @ 02:26 PM
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It's almost a certainty at this point that America finds itself isolated, which I must say doesn't happen very often.

Of course its easy to take things out of context but CNN was reporting how Putin was leading the foreign leaders to the summit and a few minutes later Obama could be seen walking alone. If that itself isn’t a snap shot of current events I don’t know what is. That being said, it could have easily been staged that way by Russia.
For just how much the international and domestic community is against bombing Syria I’m still left wondering if Obama will actually go through with it.



posted on Sep, 5 2013 @ 04:09 PM
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Lukashevich stated that the region could be at risk of “contamination by highly enriched uranium and it would no longer be possible to account for nuclear material, its safety and control.” He added that such material could fall into the wrong hands.


Does that almost sound like a threat to supply fissionable material to terrorists?



posted on Sep, 5 2013 @ 04:13 PM
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Does Syria have highly enriched uranium??

If they do, that means they have the potential to have a nuclear weapon.....that in itself is a game changer, and makes Assads threats of powerful retaliation make more sense.

How reliable is the source?



posted on Sep, 5 2013 @ 05:04 PM
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en.wikipedia.org... info on the type of reactor in syria

The MNSR is tank-in-pool type, with highly enriched fuel (~ 90% U235 ). The tank is immersed in a large pool, and the core is, in turn, immersed in the tank. The maximum nominal power is ~ 30 kW, the power being removed by natural convection. The central core is formed of about 347 fuel rods, with 4 tie rods and 3 dummy elements distributed on a total of ten circles, each consisting of a number of fuel rods ranging between 6 and 62. A thick beryllium reflector (~ 10 cm) surrounds the core radially.

so i would assume that yes they have some enriched uranium ,seems the tech was supplied by china and that Iran,Ghana,Pakistan,and Nigeria have them from the Chinese as well

www.reuters.com...



The Foreign Ministry called on the U.N. nuclear agency to urgently assess the risk as the United States considers military action to punish Syria's government for an alleged gas attack. "If a warhead, by design or by chance, were to hit the Miniature Neutron Source Reactor (MNSR) near Damascus, the consequences could be catastrophic," a ministry statement said.
so seems to be pretty credible



posted on Sep, 5 2013 @ 09:11 PM
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Obama is starting to look like the drunk chick at a party... being avoided by everyone as she flaps her arms and yells, making a fool of herself



posted on Sep, 5 2013 @ 09:42 PM
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I bet Kerry and Obama didn't consider this one...

Stupid is as stupid does...

-SAP-





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