The United States will pull out of a nuclear arms control treaty with Russia, the Trump administration announced Friday, ending a cornerstone Cold War agreement on grounds that Russian violations render it moot.
The demise of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty was done just in time to prevent even more damage!
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States is suspending participation in the agreement, starting a six-month countdown to a final U.S. withdrawal. That leaves a slim chance that Russia could end missile programs widely seen as a violation, salvaging the treaty. The United States accuses Moscow of violating the agreement since 2014.
“For years Russia has violated the terms of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty without remorse,” Pompeo said, adding that the United States has continued to meet its obligations while seeking to get Moscow to come into compliance.
“When an agreement is so brazenly disregarded and our security is so threatened, we must respond,” he added.
“The United States has fully adhered to the INF Treaty for more than 30 years, but we will not remain constrained by its terms while Russia misrepresents its actions,” Trump said. “We cannot be the only country in the world unilaterally bound by this treaty, or any other. 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.”
The statement added that NATO allies of the U.S. are standing behind the decision to withdraw from the agreement “because they understand the threat posed by Russia’s violation and the risks to arms control posed by ignoring treaty violations.”
“Allies fully support this action,” said a statement from NATO following Trump’s announcement.
“We urge Russia to use the remaining six months to return to full and verifiable compliance to preserve the INF Treaty,” the statement said. If not, “Russia will bear sole responsibility for the end of the Treaty.”
U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he also supports the planned withdrawal from the treaty, and the U.S. would consult with NATO allies during the process.
“Russian actions represent a material breach of the treaty, and it is abundantly clear: the United States is the only country limited by the INF Treaty,” Risch said. “The time has come to set the treaty aside and develop alternative avenues toward the security the treaty once provided.”
And they say Putin made Donald Trump President, yeah right!
Also, it’s good that we have NATO back with us and even more dedicated to the cause!
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