John Kirby on Nord Stream sabotage: “The US had nothing to do with it”

The White House Homeland Security spokesman described the revelation by journalist Seymour Hersh as “completely false.”

The White House Homeland Security spokesman, John Kirby, stated this Sunday during an interview with Fox News that the US was not involved in the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines that occurred last year, thus denying the recent remarks by the renowned American journalist Seymour Hersh.

“It is a completely false story, there is no truth in it […] Not one iota. It is not true. The United States – no agent of the United States – had nothing to do with it. Nothing, “said the official.

Seymour Hersh, a 1970 Pulitzer Prize winner, revealed in an article on his blog on February 8 that US Navy divers planted explosives under the Nord Stream pipelines in June 2022.

According to a source familiar with the matter cited by Hersh, the operation was carried out under the cover of NATO’s BALTOPS 22 exercises. Three months later, the devices were remotely activated to destroy pipelines carrying Russian natural gas to Germany. According to the journalist, Norway helped divers place explosive charges under the pipes.

In addition, he assures that the decision was made by President Joe Biden after spending months consulting his security advisers on the matter. As tensions over Ukraine escalated in early February 2022, the president vowed to “put an end” to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline if Russia sent troops to the country.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Wang Wenbin, declared last Wednesday that the Western media had gone mute and fallen into a kind of “collective aphasia” after the publication of Hersh’s article.

Russia, for its part, introduced a draft resolution to the UN Security Council on Friday calling for an independent international investigation into the explosions at Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2.