Mr Buzhinskiy told the Russian state-owned channel: “Americans don’t have these kinds of rockets and never had them.
“What’s attractive about the South Pole…”
“We know right away where to send it via the North pole, or the South Pole,” jumped in another guest.
“We have only one target!”
The former Lt General continued: “The continental territory of the US.”
RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan asked: “If this rocket ends up over there in the worst-case scenario what kind of objects can it destroy?
“What kind of a territory?”
“If 7.5 megatons will be delivered to the territory of our so-called partner…then objects like the city of New York. A good city, but it would be gone,” replied Buzhinskiy.
“Completely gone, with one rocket. Completely. I mean, completely,” he added.
The spine-chilling exchange comes on the back of reports that Putin has taken to carrying Russia’s nuclear launch codes with him in a bid to deter assassination attempts.
On Tuesday, Jeremy Vine discussed Putin’s reported nuclear paranoia with the panel of his Channel 5 talk show.
Mr Vine told the programme: “There’s been a sort of suggestion that he’s swerved an assassination attempt but frustratingly Benjamin we don’t hear how and why and who?”
Panellist Benjamin Butterworth replied: “Yes, exactly, and it comes from the head of intelligence from Ukraine so you know, maybe there’s a certain propaganda element to why they’ve spread this.
“But apparently someone from the Caucasus region so that’s Chechnya, Georgia or Armenia tried to do an assassination on him.
“This Sun report says that Putin is absolutely terrified of this happening.”
“But apparently, he’s carrying around a briefcase with the nuclear codes in to try and deter people from assassinating him because he could go look, I’ll launch a nuke on the world if you dare to even attempt it.”2