President of the United States Donald Trump claimed to reporters that he would pull the US out the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), since Russia transgressed it, and never provided a report, according to AP.
‘Russia has violated the agreement. They have been violating it for many years,” Trump said after a rally in Elko, Nevada. “We’re not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and do weapons and we’re not allowed to. We’re the ones that have stayed in the agreement and we’ve honoured the agreement but Russia has not unfortunately honoured the agreement so we’re going to terminate the agreement, we’re going to pull out,” the US president noted.
The agreement has constrained the U.S. from developing new weapons, but America will begin developing them unless Russia and China agree not to possess or develop the weapons, Trump said. China is not currently a party to the pact.
The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was signed in 1987 by Mikhail Gorbachev, Secretary General of Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and President of the USA Ronald Reagan.
The treaty prohibits the sides from manufacturing ballistic and cruise nuclear ground-based missiles with a range from 500 to 5500 km, as well as their testing and deployment.