President Trump on Monday, Aug. 12, said in a tweet that the United States can learn much from the Russia explosion last week that reportedly killed seven people.
“The United States is learning much from the failed missile explosion in Russia. We have similar, though more advanced, technology. The Russian ‘Skyfall’ explosion has people worried about the air around the facility, and far beyond. Not good!” the president tweeted.
The United States is learning much from the failed missile explosion in Russia. We have similar, though more advanced, technology. The Russian “Skyfall” explosion has people worried about the air around the facility, and far beyond. Not good!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2019
According to Bloomberg News, the failed missile test last week in Russia’s White Sea that left five atomic scientists dead in an explosion involved a small nuclear power source.
The small-scale power source was developed by the Russian Federal Nuclear Center, that uses “radioactive materials, including fissile and radioisotope materials” for Defense Ministry and civilian uses, according to Bloomberg News.
The explosion happened on Aug. 8 during a missile engine test that used “isotope power sources” on an offshore platform in the Arkhangelsk region, near the Arctic Circle, according to Bloomberg News.
The explosion caused a brief increase in radiation in the nearby city of Severodvinsk, according to a now deleted statement on the local administration’s website, Bloomberg reported.
Russian media has speculated that the weapon tested was the SSC-X-9 Skyfall, known in Russia as the Burevestnik, a nuclear-powered cruise missile.
The explosion occurred about a week after the United States formally withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which prohibited the United States and Russia from owning nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles that have ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers (310 miles to 3,417 miles).