A RUSSIAN attack on the Yellowstone supervolcano with “hyper-calibre” nuclear weapons are “guaranteed to destroy” the United States, according to a military expert.
By Joshua Nevett / Published 26th October 2018
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Russia should abandon the idea of creating conventional ground forces capable of defeating NATO and “occupying Europe”, Sivkov Konstantin vice president of the Russian National Geopolitical Academy, has said.
Instead, Russia should focus on making nuclear war “irrational” and “meaningless” for the US by looking for an “asymmetrical answer”, Konstantin wrote in an article for VPK News.
Because Russia cannot compare with the US in the nuclear race, he argued, finding another a solution that plays to its strengths “remains the only way out”.
He suggested Russia should capitalise on its technological superiority to create “hypercalibre nuclear munitions” loaded with the equivalent of 100 megatonnes of TNT.
IN THE CROSSAIRS: Russia has been urged to develop advanced nuclear weapons with large yields (Pic: GETTY)
To put that into context, the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima during World War Two exploded with the energy of about 15 kilotonnes of TNT – a fraction of the warheads proposed by Konstantin.
The most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated, tested by the USSR in 1961, yielded an estimated 50 megatonnes and may have reached 100 megatonnes in its “final form”.
Konstantin argues that Russia needs to produce “40–50 such warheads for heavy ICBMs or ultra-long torpedoes” to ensure mutually assured destruction, known as MAD, in the event of a nuclear war with the US.
He cited Yellowstone supervolcano and the San Andreas Fault Line as pressure points that are “critically dangerous for geophysical conditions in the United States”.
UNSTABLE: Yellowstone has dangerous ‘geophysical conditions’, Konstanti said (Pic: GETTY) Related
“Such attacks are guaranteed to destroy the USA”
“Such attacks are guaranteed to destroy both the USA as a state and the entire transnational elite,” he wrote.
“This again makes a large-scale nuclear war irrational and reduces the chances of its occurrence to zero.”
His terrifying assessment comes amid US threats to unilaterally withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, signed in 1987 during the Cold War.
Trump threatened to pull out of a treaty eliminating some nuclear missiles, including Pershing missiles, due to what he said was Russian non-compliance.
Labour MP Fabian Hamilton said Trump’s “dangerous” threat would “unilaterally withdraw” the USA from a global system of trust the country had been at the forefront of “painstakingly” building, leaving European allies exposed.
“In 1987 it was Europe at the epicentre of the Cold War and the arms race between America and Russia,” he said.
“Withdrawal from the INF brings back the spectre of Pershing missiles stationed in Europe and here in the UK – something I remember vividly from the 1980s.
“If that nuclear conflict was to happen between the two major nuclear powers the UK and our EU allies would probably be the first to be hit.”