Trump announces plans to pull out of Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty

“We will move forward with developing our own military response options and will work with NATO and our other allies and partners to deny Russia any military advantage from its unlawful conduct.”

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The United States will suspend compliance with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty and develop its own military response to Russia’s missiles. Donald Trump said that noncompliance will serve as formal notice that America will be leaving the 1987 treaty.

In 2013 the U.S. accused Russia of creating a “new ground-launched cruise missile” with ranges of 500km to 5,500km, which is in direct violation of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, The Guardian reported. But Russia said, while the missiles exists, they don’t violate the current rules set in the treat.

Russia has 180 days to destroy the violating missiles before the U.S. will pull out of the INF. Or else Trump said that the U.S. will develop a military response starting in August that “remains committed to effective arms control that advances United States, allied, and partner security, is verifiable and enforceable, and includes partners that fulfill their obligations.”

“We will move forward with developing our own military response options and will work with NATO and our other allies and partners to deny Russia any military advantage from its unlawful conduct,” Trump said in a statement.

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