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US withdraws from INF arms control treaty on Saturday amid fears of new arms race

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Donald Trump said that the US is leaving the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, thus ending its compliance with the 1987 treaty on Saturday, and would serve formal notice that it would withdraw altogether in six months, giving Russia 180 days to destroy violating missiles and launchers to avoid new arms race.

Washington Feb 1 : Donald Trump said that the US is leaving the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, thus ending its compliance with the 1987 treaty on Saturday, and would serve formal notice that it would withdraw altogether in six months, giving Russia 180 days to destroy violating missiles and launchers to avoid new arms race.

 “we will move forward with developing our own military response options” to Russia’s suspect missile, Trump said.

In a written statement, Trump said that the US would be suspending its compliance with the 1987 treaty on Saturday, and would serve formal notice that it would withdraw altogether in six months.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that United States is withdrawing from a Cold War-era arms control agreement that has kept nuclear missiles out of Europe for more than three decades.

This development has raised the threat of a nuclear war.

Moscow and Washington failed to save the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces, or INF Treaty and thus US will begin the six-month withdrawal process starting Feb. 2.

” But Washington still willing to engage Moscow on arms control, he added.

In December, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave Russia two months to cease its alleged violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.A charge that Moscow denies and has made counterclaims regarding Washington’s own adherence to the accord.

Trump said that Washington’s NATO allies “fully support” the US in its actions in regards to the INF withdrawal.

The treaty, signed in 1987 by then-President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, banned an entire class of weapons: ground-launched cruise missiles with a range between 500km and 5,000km.Both the US and Russia have abided by the New Start limit of 1,550 deployed, strategic nuclear warheads, but the treaty expires in 2021.

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