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  • US formally withdraws from Cold-War era nuclear treaty with Russia

    The United States announced Friday it has formally withdrawn from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Moscow, putting an end to a landmark arms control pact that has limited the development of ground-based missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers.

    "Russia is solely responsible for the treaty's demise," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Friday announcing the US' formal withdrawal from the Cold-War era nuclear treaty.
    Pompeo said "Russia failed to return to full and verified compliance through the destruction of its noncompliant missile system."
    The Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday the termination of the treaty was at the initiative of Washington, Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti reported.The US initially announced in February that this would take place on August 2.
    CNN reported Thursday that the US military is set to test a new non-nuclear mobile-launched cruise missile developed specifically to challenge Russia in Europe, according to a senior US defense official.
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/02/polit...sia/index.html
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  • #2
    Ok, I guess I'll start construction on that bomb shelter now...
    They speak in bulletpointese leftist nutjob drivel. It doesn't matter. Nothing is as great a motivator as the chance to truly be free.
    -Mr. Raceboy

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    • #3
      INF nuclear treaty: Trump says new pact should include CHIna

      US President Donald Trump has said he wants a new nuclear pact to be signed by both Russia and China.

      Mr Trump said he had spoken to the two countries about the idea, and that they were both "very, very excited".

      His comments came after the US withdrew from a key nuclear treaty with Russia, raising fears of a new arms race.

      The Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty banned missiles with ranges of 500-5,500 km (310-3,400 miles).

      The US withdrawal on Friday followed accusations by Washington that Russia had violated the pact by deploying a new type of cruise missile. Moscow has denied this.

      Responding to questions about how he would avoid a nuclear arms race following the INF treaty's demise, Mr Trump said his administration had been speaking to Russia "about a pact for nuclear, so that they get rid of some, we get rid of some".

      "We'd certainly have to include China at some point," he added.

      Mr Trump said such a treaty would be "a great thing for the world" and that he believed it would happen.

      "China was very, very excited about talking about it and so was Russia. So I think we'll have a deal at some point", he told reporters.

      In an earlier statement, Russia's foreign ministry said the US decision to withdraw was "a grave mistake".

      It also accused America of violating the treaty by deploying MK-41 launchers in Europe, capable of firing intermediate-range cruise missiles.

      It called on the US to denounce the deployment of such missiles, "otherwise all the responsibility for escalating tensions across the world will rest with Washington". Why did the US pull out?

      The US has accused Russia of violating the deal by deploying a number of 9M729 missiles - known to Nato as SSC-8. This accusation was then put to Washington's Nato allies, which all backed the US claim.

      "Russia is solely responsible for the treaty's demise," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Friday.

      "With the full support of our Nato allies, the United States has determined Russia to be in material breach of the treaty, and has subsequently suspended our obligations under the treaty," he added.

      In February, Mr Trump set a 2 August deadline for the US to withdraw if Russia did not comply with US and Nato demands.

      Russian President Vladimir Putin suspended his country's own obligations to the treaty shortly afterwards.
      https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49213892

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      • #4
        Well, Putin got what he wanted, again.
        "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." –Mark Twain

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        • #5
          Does anyone expect the Russians to honor any agreement whatsoever?

          Pete (isn't sure we're all that much better)

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          • #6
            I’m hoping this becomes a new treaty that includes China and doesn’t suck.
            They speak in bulletpointese leftist nutjob drivel. It doesn't matter. Nothing is as great a motivator as the chance to truly be free.
            -Mr. Raceboy

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