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U.S. withdraws from INF Treaty with Russia

U.S. withdraws from INF Treaty with Russia

President Trump announced Friday that he is pulling the U.S. out of its Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, saying Moscow has been cheating for years on the 1987 pact. “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…


PresidentTrumpannounced Friday that he is pulling the U.S. out of its Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty withRussia, saying Moscow has been cheating for years on the 1987 pact.

“The United States has fully adhered to the INF Treaty for more than 30 years, but we will not remain constrained by its terms whileRussiamisrepresents its actions,”Mr. Trumpsaid in a statement. “We cannot be the only country in the world unilaterally bound by this treaty, or any other.”

He said the withdrawal will be completed in six months unlessRussiacomes back into compliance by destroying all of its violating missiles, launchers and associated equipment.

Mr. Trumpsaid the U.S. stands ready “to engage withRussiaon arms control negotiations that meet these criteria, and, importantly, once that is done, develop, perhaps for the first time ever, an outstanding relationship on economic, trade, political, and military levels.”

“This would be a fantastic thing forRussiaand the United States, and would also be great for the world,” he said.

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