US announces withdrawal from nuclear arms treaty with Russian Federation
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Feb 02, 2019,
Feb 02, 2019, 0:39
President Donald Trump's decision to begin the process of withdrawing the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty will end an arms control agreement with Russian Federation that has been a centerpiece of European security since the Cold War.
The US official noted that now, the White House is not considering deploying nuclear weapons in Europe following the withdrawal from the INF Treaty.
Andrea Thompson, US under secretary of state for arms control and worldwide security held last-ditch talks with Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov in Beijing yesterday ahead of America's ultimatum expiring tomorrow.
Treaty - required the United States and the Soviet Union to eliminate and permanently forswear all of their nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 kilometers. At the same time, the U.S. will begin withdrawing from the treaty, which will be effective in six months, he said. Reif said the period between now and August, when the U.S. withdrawal would take effect, offers a last chance to save the treaty, but he sees little prospect of that happening.
Russian military officers stand by as the 9M729, center, its launcher, left, and the 9M728, right, land-based cruise missiles are displayed in Kubinka outside Moscow, Russia, Jan. 23, 2019.
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With the Trump administration on Friday fulfilling its months-long promise to withdraw from the Cold War-era arms control treaty with Russia-despite warnings that such a move would only win applause from nuclear weapons manufacturers-a group of Democratic lawmakers and Sen.
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Under Secretary of State for Arms Control Andrea Thompson said this month no progress has been made.
The U.S. has informed its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies of its intention, according to the information.
"We can not be the only country in the world unilaterally bound by this treaty, or any other". In December, Pompeo gave Russian Federation 60 days to return to compliance with the treaty. "So, it is not about Russia's guilt of violating this treaty, it is not about China or any other factor of worldwide security".
Russian Federation for several years denied the missile existed but has more recently acknowledged its existence, saying its range does not violate INF limits.
Meanwhile, NATO allies "fully supported" the US' pending withdrawal notice from the INF nuclear missile pact over Russia's actions, a statement by the alliance said.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the U.S.is pulling out of a treaty with Russian Federation that's been a centerpiece of arms control since the Cold War.
"Russia faces a choice: It can either keep its noncompliant missile system or it can have the INF treaty, but it cannot have both", she said.
A senior USA administration official denied Beijing is a factor. "It could be potentially very destabilizing in the region for an ally if they're hosting US missiles created to strike deep within China", said Vaddi, now at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. They met on the sidelines of a meeting of the U.N. Security Council's five permanent members - the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain - all nuclear powers.