Trump government officials said today that the United States believes that Russia’s deadly bombing last week was related to the Kremlin’s ultra-sonic cruise missile program.

Russia’s explosion on the 8th, the authorities yesterday buried five dead scientists in the isolated town of Sarov. According to the Russian state-owned nuclear enterprise (Rosatom), the explosion on the 8th was an accident when a rocket test was carried out on an offshore platform off the coast of northern Russia.

A US official who declined to be named said that Washington did not intend to comment on whether the explosion was a nuclear explosion at this point in time, but believed that the incident was related to radioactive elements.

The anonymous official told reporters that the explosion on the 8th may represent a major setback in Russia’s related plans, but it is still unclear whether the explosion was caused by the failure of the launch.

The official added that Russia’s attempt to develop a supersonic patrol missile raises another concern that the New Start will expire in early 2021 and whether it should be extended for another five years.

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