Senior Policy Director John Erath spoke with Grid about potential dangers at a nuclear plant in Ukraine.
There are at least two main threats to this orchestration at Zaporizhzhia, said John Erath, senior policy director for the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. One is of a disaster caused by a cooling failure at the plant and the second of warfare itself causing an even worse calamity.
The recent calls from the IAEA and the State Department for Russia to withdraw its military forces from the reactor are not an accident, said Erath, coming as the United Nations begins a Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review in New York, which includes Russia as a signatory.
“Usually, these conferences are judged on whether they produced an agreed-upon final document,” he said. “That’s a very bad outcome here because what the nuclear proliferation community should be concerned about, more than anything else, are what are the implications of Russia’s aggression? Not only are they attacking a neighboring country, but they are using nuclear weapons as a threat to protect themselves from outside interference on Ukraine’s side. That has never been done before.” Read more