US Withdraws From 1988 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

(TELESUR) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Friday that the United States has abandoned the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF)signed with Russia and invites China to be part of “a new era” of arms control.

“The U.S. will not remain party to a treaty that is deliberately violated by Russia,” Pompeo said, adding that h​​​​is country gave Russia one last chance to correct its breaches.

Six months ago, the U.S. announced that it would withdraw from the INF treaty, claiming that Russia refused to destroy the Novator 9M729, a cruise missile that has a range of 311 miles, which violate INF terms.

For years, the U.S. has accused Russia of violating this treaty that prohibits both countries from manufacturing, deploying or testing short-range (311-621 miles) missiles and medium-range (621-3418 miles) missiles. However, the evidence for these accusations has not been presented.

Behind those arguments lacking evidence, other circumstances and intentions have been hidden, among which is the interest of the U.S. to control China.

Pompeo said that President Donald Trump wants to start “a new chapter in search of a new era of arms control” that goes beyond bilateral treaties and encourages the participation of other powers.

“From now on, the U.S. urges Russia and China to join us in this opportunity to deliver real security results to our countries and the entire world,” Pompeo said.

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