The number of decommissioned Russian nuclear surveillance stations has doubled to four, an international arms control official said Monday. The observers fear that Russia is trying to hide evidence of an explosion on a missile test site this month.
Russian monitoring stations for the detection of nuclear radiation in the cities Bilibino and Zalesovo stopped the data transmission on 13th August.
The executive director of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Organization told the Wall Street Journal:
These data breaches occurred three days after two more nearby monitoring stations in Dubna and Kirov fell silent.
"Experts are continuing their efforts to help our employees in Russia to resume operations as soon as possible," Zerbo wrote in an e-mail.
The revelation came one day after the Journal reported that two Russian nuclear radiation detection stations had died down shortly after the explosion
Data reduction restricts the ability of states outside Russia to learn more about the nuclear-powered system according to experts was tested during the accident.
The manned monitoring stations are part of an international network of hundreds of stations set up to verify compliance with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, which prohibits nuclear weapons testing worldwide.
Participating nations, including Russia, are responsible for running the stations, which continuously exchange data with the Vienna Organization for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban.
Although the contract has still legally come into force, Russia has stated that it strictly adheres to the provisions accord.
Arms control experts said they believe Russia is trying to hide information about nuclear technology that was involved in a test site in northwestern Russia on 8 August. President Trump said it was a nuclear-powered cruise missile.
Experts said they do not believe the device carries a nuclear warhead, or that Russia's goal is to hide a secret nuclear test.
According to a projection of Mr. Zerbo's organization, the explosion cloud spread throughout Russia.
Some Western officials have speculated that this could be responsible for Russia's obvious decision to suspend the test phase. Ban on monitoring data transmissions from multiple stations.
A surveillance station detecting the radiation in Ussuriysk, located thousands of miles from the explosion in the Far East of Russia, still transmits data, said Zerbo, who has refused to speculate on the reasons for the disruption ,
Russian Embassy officials in Washington referred questions to Moscow authorities who did not respond.
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