The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty was signed in 1987….
Sec of State Pompeo has announced that the US will take 6 months to withdraw….
The reason given is that the admin feels the Russians have not abided by the terms of the arms control agreement for years….
Pompeo says the US will continue to abide by the terms of there agreement…
The admin is framing this as a Trump deal to drag the Russians into a new agreement….
(The US could move its missile to Europe something the Russians do NOT want..)
Last I knew treatise have to be approved by Congress….
“We’ll continue to have conversations with them. We hope they’ll come back into compliance,” Pompeo said. “We’ve had conversations at every level, at senior levels, at technical levels. We’ve had conversations about the nature of these systems. There’s no mistaking that the Russians have chosen not to comply with this treaty.”
The Trump administration has signaled for months that it wants to end the agreement covering ground-based nuclear-tipped cruise missiles.
Arms control specialists said that without the treaty, the United States may move to position missile systems in Europe, while Russia could use the opportunity to base missile systems elsewhere.
In Brussels, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg offered alliance backing for the U.S. move, saying that it is Russia’s responsibility to start complying with the treaty again.
“Russia is in material breach of the #INFTreaty & must use next 6 months to return to full & verifiable compliance or bear sole responsibility for its demise. #NATO fully supports the US suspension & notification of withdrawal from the Treaty,” Stoltenberg wrote on Twitter…..