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US has advanced weapons than the 'failed' Russian 'Skyfall' missile: Donald Trump

File photo: US President Donald Trump speaks alongside Vice President Mike Pence. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Washington Aug 13, 2019, 06.06 AM (IST)

United States President Donald Trump weighed in on a mysterious explosion in Russia, noting US technology is more advanced to the "failed" weapon.

The failed missile explosion which has been cloaked in secrecy took place on Thursday at the Nenoska naval weapons range on the coast of the White Sea in northern Russia.

"The United States is learning much from the failed missile explosion in Russia. We have similar, though more advanced, technology. The Russian "Skyfall" explosion has people worried about the air around the facility, and far beyond. Not good!," tweeted Trump.

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This is a first official reaction of Washington in relation with the explosion.

According to CNN, the incident had taken place on Thursday near Severodvinsk, a town located in the Arkhangelsk region which is home to a naval base and a shipyard, the Russian Defence Ministry had said.

Local authorities said that sensors "recorded a short-term increase in the radiation background" at 11:50 am (local time) on Thursday when the blast took place.

However, the radiation level started decreasing by 12:30 pm and returned to normal levels at around 2 pm, Rosatom said.

This was the second accident to hit the Russian military in less than a week.

At least 12 people had suffered injuries in an explosion at an ammunition depot in the Krasnoyarsk region on Tuesday.

(With inputs from ANI)

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US officials have indicated that they believe an explosion in northern Russia last week may have been related to work on a nuclear-powered cruise missile.