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Russia: Strikes on Syria could spark nuclear disaster - Russian FM spokesperson01:28

Russia: Strikes on Syria could spark nuclear disaster - Russian FM spokesperson

Russian Federation, Moscow
September 5, 2013 at 09:19 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Strikes on Syria could spark nuclear disaster - Russian FM spokesperson

A military strike on Syria could lead to a nuclear catastrophe if a missile were to hit a reactor containing radioactive uranium, warned Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich on Wednesday.

Speaking from Moscow, Lukashevich urged the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to complete a risk evaluation as the US continues to seek international support for military action.

Lukashevich said: "If a warhead, by design or by chance, were to hit the Miniature Neutron Source Reactor (MNSR) near Damascus, the consequences could be catastrophic: the region could be contaminated by highly enriched uranium and the fall-out and it would no longer be possible to account for nuclear material, its safety and control. In order to prevent this negative scenario, we call on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to react to the situation quickly and report to the member states on the risks that hitting the MNSR and other Syrian facilities by a US warhead would pose."

The remark comes as the United States continues to push for support both at home and abroad for a military strike on Syria.

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Russia: Strikes on Syria could spark nuclear disaster - Russian FM spokesperson

A military strike on Syria could lead to a nuclear catastrophe if a missile were to hit a reactor containing radioactive uranium, warned Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich on Wednesday.

Speaking from Moscow, Lukashevich urged the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to complete a risk evaluation as the US continues to seek international support for military action.

Lukashevich said: "If a warhead, by design or by chance, were to hit the Miniature Neutron Source Reactor (MNSR) near Damascus, the consequences could be catastrophic: the region could be contaminated by highly enriched uranium and the fall-out and it would no longer be possible to account for nuclear material, its safety and control. In order to prevent this negative scenario, we call on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to react to the situation quickly and report to the member states on the risks that hitting the MNSR and other Syrian facilities by a US warhead would pose."

The remark comes as the United States continues to push for support both at home and abroad for a military strike on Syria.