US pulling out of 32-year missile pact with Russia triggers fears of nuclear arms race
THE US is to pull out of a 32-year missile pact with Russia — sparking fears of an rms race.
It claims Moscow broke the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces agreement by developing certain ground-launched missiles.
Donald Trump said Russia ‘poses a direct threat’ to the US
Donald Trump said Russia’s deceit “poses a direct threat to our allies and troops abroad”.
He said US withdrawal, to begin today, would be complete in six months unless Moscow destroyed pact-breaking weapons.
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Mr Trump said: “Nato allies support us and understand the threat posed by Russia’s violation.
“We cannot be the only country in the world bound by this treaty.” Russia denies breaking it.
US officials also voiced concern that China — not part of the pact — is deploying large numbers of missiles in Asia, which the treaty does not address.
Reuters Mike Pompeo announced America’s withdrawal from the agreement[/caption]
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