“Korean Times” newspaper publishes article about nuclear facility in Armenia

Baku, September 15 AZERTAC

The Korean Times newspaper has published an article titled “Nuclear facility in Armenia”.

The article says: “North Korea’s recent nuclear missile threats are no longer imaginary. These efforts have been rife with periods of crisis, stalemates, and tentative progress towards denuclearization.

It is disheartening to learn from Hrant Bagratyan, a former prime minister of Armenia, that Armenia has created nuclear weaponry. His comments raise profound concern, as Armenia is technically at war with Azerbaijan over the territorial conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh.”

“As we are aware, in early April the two states actually fought a 4-day war, which resulted in a ceasefire, but skirmishes and tensions have persisted. Bagratyan’s comments should not be taken lightly. There are substantiated revelations that Armenian citizens have played an instrumental role in smuggling nuclear and radioactive nuclear waste materials, as reflected in media reports exposing them. Many groups of Armenian citizens associated with the smuggling of radioactive materials were exposed many times in the territories of neighboring countries. Furthermore, some Armenian groups even tried to smuggle highly enriched uranium and cesium-137 from Armenia in 2003 and 2010.

“The possibility of “dirty bombs” being made cannot be dismissed. The recent arrest was not the first. Arrests of Armenians who have crossed into neighboring Georgia have increased in the past years, causing alarm among nuclear non-proliferation experts in the US and elsewhere.”

There is great nuclear security risk to the region regarding Metsamor NPP, especially in the context of the occupation of Azerbaijan territory by Armenia. The dubious condition of spent fuel and waste material from Metsamor NPP also raises safety concerns. Built in 1976, Metsamor NPP is based on technologies from Chernobyl NPP that ceased operations in 1988 due to a nuclear disaster.

“H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, delivered a speech at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington on March 31-April 1, 2016. His speech drew great attention from the international community to Metsamor NPP and called on nations to take measures against the threat emanating from this facility.”