President Donald Trump stated that the U.S. leaves the international arms treaty. Trump said this while delivering speech to the National Rifle Association of the USA in Indianapolis, Reuters reported.
“We’re taking our signature back,” Trump said and added that the United Nations would soon receive formal notice of the withdrawal.
According to the report, Trump’s action drew an immediate rebuke from international human rights groups.
So far, 101 countries have formally joined the treaty. Another 29, including the United States, signed it, but have not yet formally joined.
Earlier, the United States’ full withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty would not cause a new Cold War.
Washington has said it will withdraw fully from the INF in six months unless Moscow ends what it considers violations of the 1987 pact.
As it was reported earlier, Moscow has the right to react to the suspension of the U.S. participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, as the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Maria Zakharova said.
Russia accused the U.S. of making out a false excuse to leave the treaty which they want to leave anyway so that they could develop new missiles. Russia has also declined the U.S. demand to destroy the new missile it's been working on, Novator 9M279.