The U.S.is withdrawing from a historic Cold War-era nuclear arms control treaty because of Russia's ongoing violations, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday. And its demise has some analysts anxious about a new arms race.
This official noted the "remarkable unity" among the USA and its European allies, but European officials say they're concerned about the treaty dissolving and say they will use the six-month window to urge Russian Federation to comply.
"We are sometime away from having a system that we have produced, that we would train soldiers or airmen or Marines to deploy, and then certainly before we would be in a position to talk about basing, potentially in allied countries. and of course all that will be proceeded by intensive consultations with allies so that we can have a mutual understanding of what the security environment, what the defense and deterrence environment will be in a post INF world", the official said. A team of Soviet inspectors were on hand to observe the final elimination.
Mr Trump ripped up the disarmament agreement today after Moscow failed to meet Washington's February 2 deadline to remove missiles it believes violates the deal. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies made a decision to deploy US cruise and Pershing 2 ballistic missiles in Europe in 1983 as negotiations with Moscow faltered over its stationing of SS-20 missiles in Eastern Europe.
United States officials also have expressed concern that China, which isn't part of the treaty, is deploying large numbers of missiles in Asia that the U.S. can't counter because it's bound by the treaty. Leaving the INF treaty would allow the Trump administration to counter the Chinese, but it's unclear how it would do that.
Russian Federation made a last-ditch attempt to preserve the treaty and displayed the disputed missile on January 23 as proof, which American officials rejected.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S.is pulling out of a major arms-control treaty with Russian Federation, citing alleged violations by the country; Rich Edson reports from the State Department.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media at the United Nations following a Security Council meeting about the situation in Venezuela in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, US, January 26, 2019.
Fears are rising about a potential new arms race in Europe as the United States prepares to suspend a landmark armament control treaty with Russian Federation.
In a statement, NATO said America's allies "fully support" the USA decision because of Russia's threat to Euro-Atlantic security and its refusal to provide any credible response or take any steps towards full and verifiable compliance. Tomorrow that time runs out. He said he expects Washington now to suspend its obligations under the treaty, although he added that Moscow remains ready to "search for solutions" that could keep the treaty in force.
Donald Trump has confirmed that the United States is leaving the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, saying "we will move forward with developing our own military response options" to Russia's suspect missile.
"We hope they'll come back into compliance".
Last week the Russian military displayed the nuclear-capable 9M729 missile system to the media and foreign military officials in an attempt to prove it does not violate the treaty.
"For any arms control treaty to be effective, every party must abide by its terms", she said.
At the same time, the officials acknowledged a USA assessment that China has roughly 1,000 missiles that would be considered INF non-compliant.