Putin's 'unlimited range' nuclear missile crashed after 22 miles, US intelligence sources claim

Putin's 'unlimited range' nuclear missile crashed after 22 miles, US intelligence sources claimThe Kremlin has denied US claims that Russia’s nuclear-powered cruise missile with “unlimited” range crashed after only 22 miles.  The weapon was one of a range of “invincible” nuclear arms announced by Vladimir Putin during a speech in March.  “Since its range is unlimited, it can manoeuvre as long as you want,” Mr Putin said. “For now, no one in the world has anything like this.” But sources with direct knowledge of a US intelligence report told CNBC that four tests of the missile between November and February all resulted in crashes.  The longest flight lasted two minutes and covered 22 miles, while shortest ended only four seconds and five miles after launch, they said.  CNN previously quoted a US official as saying the cruise missile had crashed during tests. Mr Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied the reported US intelligence findings when asked on Tuesday.  An Iskander ballistic missile rolls through Red Square during the Victory Day parade on May 9 Credit: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images “Listen to the president of Russia Vladimir Putin and believe him,” Mr Peskov said.  After taking off with conventional fuel, the cruise missile is designed to be powered by a small nuclear reactor during flight. Although Mr Putin had said the nuclear unit had successfully powered up and “provided the necessary level of thrust,” US intelligence claimed this component had failed to start.  Kremlin officials allegedly ordered the tests over objections from engineers that the weapon system was not ready.  The US intelligence report did not mention the health or environmental impacts potentially caused by damages to the missile’s reactor. We are in Dr. Strangelove: Putin has promised a nuclear-powered nuclear missile with an “unlimited range.” “No one in the world has such a thing” pic.twitter.com/hqPwWk9l0n— Alec Luhn (@ASLuhn) March 1, 2018 Vladimir Putin first touted the cruise missile during a sabre-rattling March speech in which he said Russia had developed “invincible” nuclear arms including a glider warhead, hypersonic missile and underwater drone. One of the accompanying computer animations showed warheads raining down on Florida. The “Dagger” hypersonic missiles Mr Putin mentioned were later displayed on the belly of MiG-31 jets roaring over Red Square during the annual Victory Day parade this month.   The new nuclear weapons were designed to overcome US missile defence systems in countries like Poland and Romania, which “violate the strategic balance” between nuclear powers, he argued.  “No one wanted to listen to us. Listen to us now,” Mr Putin said.  The hypersonic missile seen over Red Square during the parade is known as the “Kinzhal,” or “Dagger” Credit: Pavel Golovkin/AP Photo The speech raised fears of a Cold War-style arms race, as US president Donald Trump promised this year to expand the US nuclear arsenal to Russia. While the Russian cruise missile does not appear to be ready, the hypersonic glider warhead able to penetrate US defences will be operational by 2020, CNBC quoted US officials as saying.  Russia tested the highly manoeuvrable weapon twice in 2016, they said. A third test launch in 2017 crashed seconds before hitting its target, but Moscow is expected to try again this summer.  


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North Korea to make a show of nuclear test site shutdown

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The nuclear test site in Punggye-ri, North Korea, seen in a satellite image from April 20, 2018.

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Turkey's Erdogan says nuclear-armed states 'threatening the world'

Turkey's Erdogan says nuclear-armed states 'threatening the world'Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused countries with nuclear weapons of “threatening the world”, and criticized the United States’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. “Those who have more than 15,000 nuclear warheads are currently threatening the world,” he said, referring to the approximate total number of warheads worldwide, most of which are held by the United States and Russia. Apparently referring to such states as Iran, he added: “Why are countries with nuclear warheads posing a threat to them?” “If we are to be fair, to show a just approach, then the countries with nuclear weapons, which portray nuclear power stations as threats, have no credibility in the international community,” he said at an iftar dinner for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.


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In Speech, Pompeo Piles on Against Iran After Nuclear Deal Withdrawal

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Iran says Europe's support for nuclear deal not enough

Iran says Europe's support for nuclear deal not enoughBy Alissa de Carbonnel TEHRAN (Reuters) – The European Union is not doing enough to preserve the benefits for Iran from the 2015 international nuclear pact following the withdrawal of the United States, Iran’s foreign minister told the EU’s energy chief on Sunday. Miguel Arias Canete, European Commissioner for energy and climate, said Tehran wanted the 28-nation bloc to act fast to preserve its oil trade with Iran, and to consider making direct euro-denominated payments for Iranian oil to Iran’s central bank, bypassing the U.S. financial system.


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