Joseph Cirincione, distinguished fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, and author of multiple books on nuclear weapons, appeared on CNN recently to discuss the Russian takeover of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine.
During the segment, co-host Alisyn Camerota asked Cirincione about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intentions.
Cirincione said that while he doesn’t believe Putin wants a nuclear incident, “he does want to terrorize the population of Ukraine,” and “cut off their electrical supply.” He added that with any other energy source, such a takeover wouldn’t be as concerning, but a nuclear plant is an extremely delicate operation the mishandling of which could lead to disaster.
He continued, noting that there are numerous other nuclear facilities in Ukraine, and that we could see this again.
Co-host Victor Blackwell then asked Cirincione to explain the danger of overworked or stressed operators in this facility.
After suggesting that none of the invading forces would know how to operate a nuclear family, Cirincione stated:
…the people at Chernobyl didn’t intend to cause an accident; the people at Three Mile Island didn’t intend to cause an accident — but accidents happen under perfect condition. And this is war.
Cirincione concluded by saying this “could lead to a mass destruction event.”
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.
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