Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has just announced that we are withdrawing from our nuclear treaty with Russia, blaming Russia for violating the treaty and not coming back into compliance:
JUST IN: Sec. of State Mike Pompeo announces the U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty: "Russia has jeopardized the United States' security interests, and we can no longer be restricted by the treaty while Russia shamelessly violates it." https://t.co/DiAD0MLaC4 pic.twitter.com/FITEXyHyR8— ABC News (@ABC) February 1, 2019
Pompeo says the US gave Russia ample warning and time to come back into compliance with the treaty and they refused to do so.
Here’s more from ABC News:
The U.S. is withdrawing from a historic Cold War-era nuclear arms control treaty because of Russia’s ongoing violation, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday.
The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces, or INF, Treaty has been central to limiting the kinds of nuclear weapons both countries can deploy, and without it, experts fear there will be a new nuclear arms race.
Pompeo first announced the U.S. intention to withdraw in December, giving Russia a 60-day window to come back into compliance after the U.S. first accused it of violating the pact in 2014. That window runs out on Saturday.
President Donald Trump issued a statement saying Russia had violated the INF Treaty with “impunity.”
“For far too long, Russia has violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with impunity, covertly developing and fielding a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat to our allies and troops abroad.
“Tomorrow, the United States will suspend its obligations under the INF Treaty and begin the process of withdrawing from the INF Treaty, which will be completed in 6 months unless Russia comes back into compliance by destroying all of its violating missiles, launchers, and associated equipment,” the statement read.
“Our NATO Allies fully support us, because they understand the threat posed by Russia’s violation and the risks to arms control posed by ignoring treaty violations,” he said.
Withdrawal now requires, however, an additional six-month window, according to the treaty’s terms. The agreement, signed by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, banned ground-launched cruise missiles with a range between 310 and 3,100 miles.
If they aren’t complying with it, there’s no reason we should be held back by the treaty either.
But I’m sure the media will somehow twist this into Trump doing Putin’s bidding or something.