Trump announces US is withdrawing from INF Treaty

WASHINGTON, US President Donald Trump announces Friday that the US will suspend on Saturday its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and “begin the process of withdrawing from the INF Treaty, which will be completed in six months unless Russia comes back into compliance by destroying all of its violating missiles, launchers, and associated equipment.” Trump said on a statement “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.” He affirmed “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.” “The United States has fully adhered to the INF Treaty for more than 30 years, but we will not remain constrained by its terms while Russia misrepresents its actions,” he stressed.

Trump noted “We cannot be the only country in the world unilaterally bound by this treaty, or any other.” He affirmed “will move forward with developing our own military response options and will work with NATO and our other allies and partners to deny Russia any military advantage from its unlawful conduct.” The president added that his Administration remains committed “to effective arms control that advances United States, allied, and partner security, is verifiable and enforceable, and includes partners that fulfill their obligations.” He reiterated that for arms control “to effectively contribute to national security, all parties must faithfully implement their obligations.” “We stand ready to engage with Russia on arms control negotiations that meet these criteria, and, importantly, once that is done, develop, perhaps for the first time ever, an outstanding relationship on economic, trade, political, and military levels,” he stressed.

“This would be a fantastic thing for Russia and the United States, and would also be great for the world,”

Source: Kuwait News Agency