Trump makes it official: USA is leaving key nuclear treaty

Last week the military displayed the nuclear-capable 9M729 cruise missile in an attempt to prove it does not violate the treaty

Last week the military displayed the nuclear-capable 9M729 cruise missile in an attempt to prove it does not violate the treaty

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Friday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russian Federation.

Without the INF Treaty, the question becomes how will the US contain Russia's missile proliferation.

The ministry's spokeswoman Maria Zakharova also stated that Moscow is surprised that the USA still questions the transparency of Russia's actions under the INF Treaty, adding that Washington has failed to present any evidence proving alleged Russian violations of the accord, "apart from Tweets".

Russian Federation says the missile's range puts it outside the treaty, and has accused the United States of inventing a false pretext to exit a treaty that it wants to leave anyway so it can develop new missiles.

The U.S. action has been expected for months and was virtually assured after last-ditch talks in Beijing on January 31 between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and U.S. Undersecretary of State Andrea Thompson ended without agreement. "We have no ground-based capability that can threaten China because of, among other things, our rigid adherence, and rightfully so, to the treaty that we signed on to, the INF Treaty". It was the first arms control measure to ban an entire class of weapons: ground-launched cruise missiles with a range between 310 miles and 3,400 miles.

Trump also stated that Washington has "fully adhered" to the accord for over 30 years and said that the United States can't be "the only country in the world unilaterally bound by" it.

"It is important that disarmament and the worldwide arms control architecture are put back on the global agenda", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said.

"So we must prepare for a world without the Treaty", she wrote.

NATO-Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said that Russian Federation showed no sign as late as last week that it was willing to return to compliance in talks with allied ambassadors.

The Europeans are keen to avoid a repeat of a crisis in 1983, when North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies made a decision to deploy USA cruise and Pershing 2 ballistic missiles as negotiations with Moscow faltered over Russia's stationing of SS-20 missiles in Eastern Europe.

Russian politicians accused the United States on Friday of undermining global security by ending compliance with a nuclear arms treaty, while NATO said Russia was at fault for the pact's demise and European countries watched with dismay.

In an interview, Thompson said that suspension of United States obligations would allow the USA military to immediately begin developing its own longer-range missiles if it chose to do so, raising the prospect they could be deployed in Europe.

"Over five years of engagement have produced little effect" to getting Russian Federation in line with the agreement, the first official said.

"This is in reality, under global law, Russia's final chance", a senior administration official said.

Trump said that the United States will now move forward to respond to Russia's deployments.

Some experts also say the withdrawal could help the United States stave off China's growing conventional military power in Asia. "This is fully about Russia's violation to his treaty".

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