Pentagon: Mattis, Pres. Trump 'Completely Aligned' On Nuclear Treaty Withdraw

Trump threatens to build up US nuclear arsenal until Russia China 'come to their senses'

And it includes China.

"At a time when the United States and the Soviet Union were the only global superpowers, the INF Treaty was a landmark agreement that helped provide stability and security in Europe, " he said. "China will not tolerate any blackmail from any country", Hua Chunying said.

Trump's announcement has raised global concerns, with the European Commission urging the United States and Russian Federation to pursue talks to preserve the treaty and China calling on Washington to "think twice".

President Donald Trump said Monday that his decision to withdraw from a decades-old atomic accord with Russian Federation was also driven by a need to respond to China's nuclear build-up.

In Washington, the US president reiterated his concern about the treaty and said the United States would build up its nuclear arsenal.

The INF treaty was signed between the then U.S. president Ronald Reagan and his USSR counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987 on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles.

"Alleging that Russian Federation has violated this treaty for several years, Feinstein said the USA must take strong diplomatic actions to address that violation".

"If Russia is doing it [developing these missiles] and China is doing it and we're adhering to the agreement, that's unacceptable", Mr. Trump said on Sunday.

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As Mr Bolton began his visit, Moscow warned it would take steps to maintain the balance of nuclear power.

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty bans ground-fired ballistic and cruise missiles with a range between 500 and 5,500 kilometers and is an artifact of the late Cold War.

Despite repeated Russian denials, USA authorities believe Moscow is developing and has deployed a ground-launched system in breach of the treaty that could allow it to launch a nuclear strike on Europe at short notice.

Bolton had talks in Moscow with Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of Russia's Security Council, and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Dan Blumenthal, a former Pentagon official now at the American Enterprise Institute, said a treaty pullout could pave the way for the United States to field easier-to-hide, road-mobile conventional missiles in places like Guam and Japan. But advocates for a US land-based missile response say that is the best way to deter Chinese use of its muscular land-based missile forces. It could also force Beijing into a costly arms race, forcing China to spend more on missile defenses.

China also condemned Trump's move, saying it was wrong to pull out of the treaty unilaterally.

Holdrem, who was involved in the original discussions that led to the INF Treaty in the mid-1980s, said in an interview that there has not been any formal effort that he knows of to try to engage the Chinese on the issue.



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