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Russia could turn US to radioactive ash - state TV

2014-03-17 07:01

Moscow - A leading anchor on Russian state television on Sunday described Russia as the only country capable of turning the United States into "radioactive ash", in an incendiary comment at the height of tensions over the Crimea referendum.

"Russia is the only country in the world realistically capable of turning the United States into radioactive ash," anchor Dmitry Kiselyov said on his weekly news show on state-controlled Rossiya 1 television.

Kiselyov made the comment to support his argument that the United States and President Barack Obama were living in fear of Russia led by President Vladimir Putin amid the Ukraine crisis.

His programme was broadcast as the first exit polls were being published showing an overwhelming majority of Crimeans voting to leave Ukraine and join Russia.

He stood in his studio in front of a gigantic image of a mushroom cloud produced after a nuclear attack, with the words "into radioactive ash".

"Americans themselves consider Putin to be a stronger leader than Obama," he added, pointing to opinion polls which then popped up on the screen.

"Why is Obama phoning Putin all the time and talking to him for hours on end?" he asked.

‘Dead hand’

Kiselyov has earned a reputation as one of Russia's most provocative television news hosts, in particularly with his often blatantly homophobic remarks.

But he is also hugely influential with his weekly news show broadcast at Sunday evening prime time.

Putin last year appointed Kiselyov head of the new Russia Today news agency that is to replace the soon to be liquidated RIA Novosti news agency with the aim of better promoting Russia's official position.

Kiselyov also made great play of Russia's so-called "dead hand" capability to fire nuclear-capable intercontinental missiles automatically in the case of attack.

The system, also known as Perimeter, was in use during the Cold War but its use in post-Soviet Russia is not officially confirmed.

But Kiselyov appeared to claim it remained active, giving Russia the chance to strike back even if its main command positions were taken out in a strike by the West.

"Even if people in all our command posts after an enemy atomic attack cannot be contacted, the system will automatically fire our missiles from mines and submarines in the right direction," he added.

The channel's graphic showed the line of a Russian missile heading towards the Pacific coast and the United States.

Pro-opposition news site slon.ru did not mince its words in describing the implications of Kiselyov's comments.

"This evening... Dmitry Kiselyov threatened the United States with a nuclear strike if the conflict over Crimea deepens," it said.

Russia and the United States are reducing their Cold War missile and nuclear warhead arsenals under the terms of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty that entered into force in 2011.

Comments
  • Craig King - 2014-03-17 07:15

    Tsar Vladimir will have his way. This is simply pointing out that fact. When pacifism is met with militaristic resolve it has no option but to give in. Putin will take complete ownership of Ukraine and nothing will stop him. Then he will go on to repossess all of those lands that were in the USSR and he has made that intention quite clear.

      Ted Bug - 2014-03-17 07:36

      I'm sure this will excite all the anti-USA people on News24. Remember: Nothing like this would be said on Russian State TV without the OK of the government. This is stoking the fire. Putin is the devil.

      JamesBlacksmith - 2014-03-17 08:01

      Ukraine is a unique situation. It deposed its democratically elected president and contains a large section of the population that are Russian. It makes logical sense thus for Russia to take over the area. Russia is anything but a power mad state. What does surprise me though is that N24 will quote a news anchor as a headline article. They could do the same in the USA on a daily basis.

      Antonio Bandarass - 2014-03-17 08:06

      not only just the US & Russia in ashes ,the whole world...it can even blow up...stupid greedy states

      Honeya Badger - 2014-03-17 08:28

      After 2 decades of the west running amok all over the world, it's time for the Russian bear to flex its muscle. And when it does, well, look no further than the comments on these forums to give you an idea.

      Honeya Badger - 2014-03-17 08:32

      @Craig King. The west could have shown some goodwill toward Russia but alas no, they went ahead and put missiles in Poland ostensibly to counteract the likes of Iran, really?

      Tuco Angeleyes - 2014-03-17 08:50

      The real looser will be humanity itself. Not only the US, not only Russia but millions of innocent lives. All because of a pissing contest. The bear is sticking it to the eagle and she knows fully well her biggest critics are themselves very much guilty of atrocious deeds. The blood of hundreds of thousands of innocent people are on the hands of the US and her allies and hense Russia is on a tip of 'why you judging me for taking what belongs to me when you have taken what never belonged to you and killed thousands in the process' Democracy works when the US says its okay. if its not working for them then its not democracy

      Kobus Hattingh - 2014-03-17 09:07

      Its about time that South Africa takes over the world! We just need to get rid of our ANC Government and Etolls first!

      Carl Harding - 2014-03-17 09:23

      The USA, or 'The West' if you prefer are the "militaristic" bully of the world, not Russia (I do not doubt if given the chance they'll be the same). Who backed the Neo-Nazi's in Ukraine? Thats right the USA and EU. Was that lawful? The west want to isolate Russia even further, they wanted Crimea. I can't believe they honestly thought Russia would sit idle while their Black Sea naval bases were put at risk. The West poked the sleeping bear. They should crawl back in their hole and leave the rest of the world alone.

      Cautious But Wise - 2014-03-17 09:25

      Citizens of no country on earth will be the winner in a conflict between the US and Russia. Either country believing they could sway the other's opinion is farting against thunder. Both countries are so used to dictating to smaller nations what they should and should not do that they've lost track with reality, this is a power play with no winner. It makes me wonder if there may not be a small number of super rich pulling the strings, realizing the world may indeed be over populated and over due for a correction. Rather manipulate events in their favor because if nature eventually acts it will be totally uncontrollable, and heaven forbids, they might be right in the firing line. If that is true, our opinions and wise words are meaningless. Place your head between your legs and kiss your ass goodbye.

      Anthony Rees - 2014-03-17 09:41

      The world is heading for a major humanitarian disaster. In just 5 - 7 years from now we will require 2 Earths of natural resources to keep us humans need for food, water and technology satisfied. In 30 years from now we will require 4 Earths to satisfy our needs. The hydrocarbon (oil based) economy and petro dollars dominate every facet of our lives and conservation of natural systems are being eroded exponantially. Im sad to say, but a third world war is the only logical option to eradicate the majority of humans on Earth and to reboot the sytem. The problem with this scenario is that nothing will be learned. If nukes are used they will result in everyone, including the puppet masters wiping themselved out. I belive thry going to use the collapse of the worlds financial systrms and resulting famin and desease to achive the same goals.

  • Mark Russell - 2014-03-17 07:15

    Stupid comment by this guy, true but stupid.

      BuksBurger - 2014-03-17 07:21

      Well it wont end good for Russia also. They too will be radio active ash.

      Roger Hess - 2014-03-17 07:38

      Completely stupid; before their missiles even approached US airspace there would be interceptors launched to knock them out then double the amount of ICBM's heading right back towards Russia with incredible accuracy. This is the old Cold War stand off & no one wins.

      Ted Bug - 2014-03-17 07:42

      We'll see how excited everyone is about this when prices go up as this escalates. When oil becomes scarce and trade restriction start affecting everyone. Even the prospect of war is not going to leave us untouched.

      BuksBurger - 2014-03-17 07:51

      Ted, no one will make war over Ukraine. This is just talk.

      Antonio Bandarass - 2014-03-17 08:06

      Jacko not only just the US & Russia in ashes ,the whole world...it can even blow up...stupid greedy states

  • Tituz Van der Thiba - 2014-03-17 07:23

    Radio active ash?? Damn.. is Russia bluffing?how true is this

      Mc Apple - 2014-03-17 08:28

      Indeed Jacko. I have read some predictions out of curiosity and some of Siener van Rensburg predictions and I must be honest, it is starting to scare the crap out of me. It is starting to make all to much and familiar sense.

      Honeya Badger - 2014-03-17 08:36

      The world cannot afford a single super-power dictating how the world should be and deposing governments all over as it sees fit. It needs a Russia and China to balance the scales.

      Wesley Fick - 2014-03-17 11:09

      Russia and the US have the biggest nuclear stockpiles in the world and China isn't very far behind. One could very easily decimate the other within 20 minutes. This is why no-one fires nukes at anyone else now because of mutually assured destruction. In an all-out nuclear war, nobody wins.

      WollieVerstege - 2014-03-17 12:43

      In a conventional war the russians will have there asses handed to them. Their only ace, is that they have nuclear weapons - which they would then launch in desperation. Just compare the 2 military's of the US and russia, and for the moment also exclude NATO, and you will see that russia stands no change in a conventional war.

  • Mhlts Petrus - 2014-03-17 07:25

    Russia is showing the US the middle finger,when US was about to strike syria,russia deliver the misiles that can sink US fleets,n US withdraw in the last minutes,with britain its tail between its leg,now russia show the world that who is the boss of planet earth.

      Ted Bug - 2014-03-17 07:37

      Does this make you happy? One day you will wake up with a tiger in your bed...

      Hans de Waal - 2014-03-17 07:44

      When the world economy collapses in the wake of a nuclear war and the world starves old Petros here would be the first to strike and march to the union buildings demanding our government to put an end to this. Maybe we can send a fleet of black, blue light, vehicles to terrorise normal citizens in the US and Russia.

      Mc Apple - 2014-03-17 08:30

      @Petrus: You know Russians aren't black right? Me I love the way Russians handle problems take the Somalis for instance. Just love it. I for one would invite the Russians here to solve some of our problems.

      Wesley Fick - 2014-03-17 11:14

      If Putin ever becomes the leader of earth, I don't want to live on it. That man is dangerous. Mc Apple, you want him to solve our problems? We're a mixed society led by the ANC which has communist and socialist policies that are clearly failing (and many of the members of MK were educated and trained by the KGB, with Zuma heading up intelligence for MK at one point). Russia post-1990 is in shambles and Putin's actions in Crimea have only served to weaken the economy further.

      Tlou Maffod - 2014-03-17 21:47

      No not tiger a leopard this is Africa tigers aint welcome.

  • Vezi Talyn - 2014-03-17 07:27

    Putin is obsessed with Soviet era scenarios. With western europe on Uncle Toms side,Putin , you will be incinerated with your own Nukes.

  • Wehr Wulf - 2014-03-17 07:28

    The anchor is a meat head. Nothing's changed since the Cold War. Mutual destruction is assured. Russia Today is a rubbish channel, full of wannabe presenters who wouldn't cut it in true professional tv news agencies.

      Nigel van Ysendyk - 2014-03-17 07:58

      agree, saying this is utterly irresponsible & inflammatory in an already very sensitive & tense situation. Also agree RT is rubbish, the presenters are wannabes.

      Honeya Badger - 2014-03-17 08:44

      @Wehr Wulf. Yeah right, now that the shoe is the other foot. It's called freedom of speech. But I liked your remark though 'full of wannabe presenters who wouldn't cut it in true professional tv news agencies'. Care to name the 'true professional tv news agencies'?

      Wehr Wulf - 2014-03-17 09:23

      @ Honeya, oh I dunno, any place that isn't state controlled (unless you're a conspiracist). Say, BBC, CNN, Sky, (being the main English ones). Can you imagine a presenter on BBC saying what this dufus said and getting away with it?

  • Seek Anfind - 2014-03-17 07:34

    nuking each other is an excellent idea.. the world is overpopulated as it is. lets just hope that india and china collect a few strays as well! as for africa.. well its doing a fine job of killing itself!

      Ted Bug - 2014-03-17 07:38

      Please don't breed - the world is already stupid enough.

      John Lebitso - 2014-03-17 07:49

      Hahaha

      Mc Apple - 2014-03-17 08:32

      Can you imagine a world where South Africa is "the superpower" and a world dictator?

      Seek Anfind - 2014-03-17 09:36

      @mc apple.. that would be hilarious! !!

      Wesley Fick - 2014-03-17 11:15

      Nuking each other would decimate the global economy and would send us back to the dark ages. That's not a good idea.

  • John Lebitso - 2014-03-17 07:47

    Russia,China they are well prepared 4 war,physically n fanancially,they r Team Brics,the world is changing,Israel is coming fast too,USA is bye bye,even S.A don't lesson to USA anymore

      Fortes Fortuna Adiuvat - 2014-03-17 08:22

      Nope. They don't lesson to USA. But they should listen. Think of that next time you buy McDonalds, Coca Cola, Levis, Apple iPods, iPhones, etc... All of which comes from the US. And they have unemployment of under 7%. China is not the great place everyone makes it out to be. Contrary to common belief, things are not so free there. Neither is Russia. So be careful what you wish for.

      Ian Despy - 2014-03-17 09:00

      @Fortes...you seem to be behind the time mate...most of it comes from China...not the US

      Wehr Wulf - 2014-03-17 09:26

      @ Fortes, agreed mate. People underestimate the USA at their peril. Russia is in decline and China is looking at major social upheaval soon with their economy starting to slow. I think people just hate the USA for the sake of hating it, but they forget, it's one mighty SOB still and will be for a while.

      Frederick Kaczynski - 2014-03-17 10:05

      Fortes and Wehr : You do know not a single weapons system the US has can be manufactured without components from China?

  • Mark Russell - 2014-03-17 07:51

    Naturally this action would result in mutual destruction and will not happen. Regardless of how much of a douchebag the presenter is, he has highlighted the reality behind Russian strength when it comes to resisting the USA and Nato. The Western bullies have only invaded countries that they were confident they could beat. They know Russia is not intimidated by them anymore because they pushed too hard and threw too many insults at them but now threaten their Borders directly. The Big mouth bully now has pushed someone that can push back and is not scared to call their puffed chest bluff.

  • nqobile.majola - 2014-03-17 07:54

    Show em russians

  • BikoGuevaraHaniX - 2014-03-17 07:56

    wheres the difference in the US and Iraq and Russia and Crimea? they both bullies and that all there is to it

  • Mark Russell - 2014-03-17 08:04

    @bikoguevarahanix the difference is that the USA invaded Iraq militarily in opposition to a ruling from the UN, were not present in Iraq prior to any invasion and never consulted the people of Iraq regarding what they wanted.

  • Antonio Bandarass - 2014-03-17 08:06

    not only just the US & Russia in ashes ,the whole world...it can even blow up...stupid greedy states

      Mc Apple - 2014-03-17 08:35

      The whole world blows up... I'm wondering of that is actually a bad thing. Aliens probably hoping it will and dreading the day the human race starts colonizing other worlds. Then we will not only have a race card but probably a species card as well. Poor universe.

  • Udzai Munhumumwe - 2014-03-17 08:09

    Lol! Its now USA turn to issue a bigger threat as these impotent superpowers fight to out do each other in terms of threats! My f@rt is louder than yours! Lol!

  • Gareth Morgan - 2014-03-17 08:10

    War serves no purpose , do these people not realize that by destroying lives through nuclear war nothing gets solved . Power hunger is so short sighted !

      Mc Apple - 2014-03-17 08:36

      War does, it is a population control mechanism.

  • Raymond Chabalala Khaya - 2014-03-17 08:31

    hehe..world war 3 foundation... there are more nuclear war heads than there was during world war 2...greedy pigs at it again

  • Charles Roberts - 2014-03-17 08:42

    Politicians is the most useless species on earth and the russian and american strain is the undisputed leaders in that area .

  • Langa Kapueja - 2014-03-17 09:02

    "Even if people in all our command posts after an enemy atomic attack cannot be contacted, the system will automatically fire our missiles from mines and submarines in the right direction," he added..." Now, tell me if I'm wrong; This man means that Russian nukes are already aimed at the White House. What if they just happen to go off by mistake? Even better; What if Snowden, the famous defector, is actually a CIA spy tasked to infiltrate and cripple the Kremlin's nuke hub? I thought so..."If you told me, you'll have to kill me." Okay...

      Fezekile Hokwana - 2014-03-17 21:40

      mntakwetu this is the dumbest comment ever

  • dean.hart.58 - 2014-03-17 09:20

    By the time Russia's intercontinental ballistic missiles launch from their bases, they won't even reach Ukraine, let alone the states! I have a neutral aspect on this, but at the end of the day a lot of people think well if the USA can do it it's fine for Russia!!!!!!! NOT TRUE

      Zee Komani - 2014-03-17 10:21

      Exactly Vox, that missile is a game changer and they keep improving its capabilities, developing unparalleled algorithms to give it the edge and make it virtually undefendable. But Russian military strategists also know that US military research into ICBM and other nuclear warhead delivery systems through stealth is virtually unrivalled, so they can fire all the Topol missiles they want, but they are also guaranteed to vanish...back to square one.

  • Adriaan Steenkamp - 2014-03-17 10:09

    How can a ICBM missile be impervious to missile defence. By using its warp drive? Please man - if you can target it you can take it out and I have yet to see the flight vehicle that cannot be targeted specifically with the wide overlap in all EM bands that sensor provide today and the massive computer resources to fuse the data in real time. Don't make up stuff based on nonsense you read on the internet.

  • No.You're a handbag - 2014-03-17 10:13

    Thought the cold war was over? Scary stuff.

  • Immanuel Willemse - 2014-03-17 10:15

    Putin was quiet in da W Bush era, he is jst takin chances

  • Kevin Lester - 2014-03-17 11:08

    The only time nuclear weapons were ever used was when only one country in the world had them. Today most of the world officially or unofficially has them. America were about to use them again in the Korean war when Russia announced that it also has it. Rest assured nuclear weapons will not be used again and any country investing in them is a fool.

  • OldNick - 2014-03-17 14:22

    Scary situation. The world is full of dangerous lunatics.

  • Evans Brandon Tshuma - 2014-03-17 15:16

    T These Russians are making noise for nothing,The USA will whoop their asses on any given day.

  • Tlou Maffod - 2014-03-17 21:33

    Russia never colonised Africa.

  • Thabiso Mohale - 2014-03-22 08:33

    lol... the way Rassia is so crus about saving his people in Ukraine, they even threaten to kill USA of they get on their way...well Im stil waiting for usa to respond to the promise .

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