The U.S. and NATO Want Russia to Destroy a New Missile; Israel’s Nuclear Programme Could Lead to Disaster

PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on June 25 in last eight hours from BulgarianMilitary.com news team:

NATO calls on Russia to destroy new missile, warns of response

NATO urged Russia to destroy a new missile before an August deadline and save a treaty that keeps land-based nuclear warheads out of Europe or face a more determined alliance response in the region, Reuters reported.

NATO defence ministers will discuss on Wednesday their next steps if Moscow keeps the missile system that the United States says would allow short-notice nuclear attacks on Europe and break the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).

“We call on Russia to take the responsible path, but we have seen no indication that Russia intends to do so,” Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference. “We will need to respond,” Stoltenberg said.

He declined to go into more details. But diplomats said defence ministers will consider more flights over Europe by U.S. warplanes capable of carrying nuclear warheads, more military training and the repositioning U.S. sea-based missiles.

He declined to go into more details. But diplomats said defence ministers will consider more flights over Europe by U.S. warplanes capable of carrying nuclear warheads, more military training and the repositioning U.S. sea-based missiles.

The United States and its NATO allies want Russia to destroy its 9M729/SSC-8 nuclear-capable cruise missile system, which Moscow has so far refused to do. It denies any violations of the INF treaty, accusing Washington of seeking an arms race.

Israel’s Soviet-style secrecy over its nuclear programme could lead to disaster

One of the founders Israel’s nuclear reactor at Dimona has raised concerns over the facility due to the secrecy surrounding the plant, MEMO reported.

Writing in the Israeli daily Haaretz, chemistry professor Uzi Even questioned whether an accident similar to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in the former Soviet Union could happen in Israel.

According to Even, the Israeli plant does not suffer from the same design flaw and planning problems that led to the Chernobyl disaster, but admits that “the facts surrounding its operation have been kept secret”.

Suggesting that a Soviet-style secrecy surrounding the plant raises the level of risk, Even cited cases in which Israeli officials from its nuclear programme had falsified a report submitted to the Israeli parliament. “In 2004, I heard the representatives of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission with my own ears provide a false report to the Knesset Science and Technology Committee – of which I was a member,” said Even.

Even said he had raised “reservations” about the report but was told that “national security” required it.

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