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(37,305 posts)
Thu Sep 5, 2013, 03:38 AM Sep 2013

Russia warns of catastrophe if Syria reactor hit by U.S. strike

Russia warns of catastrophe if Syria reactor hit by U.S. strike
ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA | Wed Sep 4, 2013 2:30pm EDT

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday that a military strike on Syria could have catastrophic effects if a missile hit a small reactor near Damascus that contains radioactive uranium.

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.

It said nearby areas could be contaminated by highly enriched uranium and that it would be impossible to account for the nuclear material after such a strike, suggesting it could fall into the hands of people who might use it as a weapon.


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(6,234 posts)
1. Why would Russia say this?
Thu Sep 5, 2013, 03:58 AM
Sep 2013

Obviously they know that we are aware of this risk and can easily avoid it. So why say it? There's a message in there somewhere.



(3,891 posts)
2. Considering how stupid some of the arguments for war have been.
Thu Sep 5, 2013, 04:07 AM
Sep 2013

I wouldn't assume that we knew anything, would you?

Bolo Boffin

(23,796 posts)
8. No chicken-fucking here.
Thu Sep 5, 2013, 03:04 PM
Sep 2013

A crack about Putin is all that was meant to be. Don't jump in front of a brick and blame me for your cracked noggin.

Union Scribe

(7,099 posts)
9. That reactor design has 90% enriched uranium fuel.
Thu Sep 5, 2013, 03:07 PM
Sep 2013

Putin's all kinds of awful, but nothing compared to the awful if we have an uh-oh near that reactor.

Bolo Boffin

(23,796 posts)
10. And if Obama aims those missiles at Tel Aviv, the world will burn.
Thu Sep 5, 2013, 03:26 PM
Sep 2013

But pointing that out is as useful to the discussion as pointing out that reactor.

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