Russia is testing a nuclear torpedo in the Arctic that has the power to trigger radioactive tsunamis off the US coast
Russiais testing a nuclear torpedo in the Arctic.
- The "doomsday" device has the power to trigger radioactive tsunamis off America's East Coast.
- The Pentagon said it was watching developments "very closely."
Russia is planning to deploy a nuclear-powered missile to the Arctic next summer that's designed to detonate off the coastlines of enemy countries, CNN reported.Satellite images provided this week to CNN by Maxar, a satellite company, indicated that Russia is testing weapons in the region and building significant military infrastructure in the Arctic - which is increasingly free of ice because of climate change.
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Russia has the world's longest Arctic coastline and derives about a quarter of its GDP from the region, and the Northern Sea Route is a valuable shipping corridor for Moscow.The Pentagon on Monday said it was watching reports of Russian military activities and infrastructure build-ups in the Arctic "very closely." "Without getting into specific intelligence assessments, obviously we're monitoring it very closely," said Pentagon press secretary John F. Kirby at a briefing Monday.
"Obviously we're watching this, and, as I said before, we have national-security interests there that we know ... we need to protect and defend," Kirby said.
"And as I said, nobody's interested in seeing the Arctic become militarized."
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