In 1987, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed what was considered to be a historic nuclear arms treaty, known at the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).
The treaty called for a ban of the development of intermediate-range nuclear weapons.
However, in the past year, it has become apparent that Russia has not been living up to the terms of the INF with their development of hypersonic intermediate-range missiles.
As promised, President Donald Trump has made it official that the United States is withdrawing from the INF, since Russia isn’t abiding by it anyway.
Washington Examiner – As promised, Trump to withdraw from landmark Cold War-era arms treaty with Russia – SO LONG INF: The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, signed in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev, is heading to the proverbial scrapheap of history. The Trump administration believes the landmark Cold War-era treaty has outlived its usefulness, considering Russia is violating it and China is not a party to it. An announcement that the U.S. is withdrawing from the treaty is expected from the White House today.
For three decades the INF treaty has been a cornerstone of European security, the first arms control measure to ban an entire class of weapons: land-based cruise and ballistic missiles with a range between 310 miles and 3,100 miles.
Tomorrow is the deadline for Moscow to return to compliance, but Russian President Vladimir Putin is adamant that his newest ground-launched cruise missile does not violate the treaty. Once the U.S. formally withdraws tomorrow, the INF will technically remain in effect for six more months, until it dies Aug. 2, 2019.
“Russia has violated the INF treaty for at least ten years. In that time, presidents of both parties have urged them to return to compliance, Congress has admonished them, the United States has imposed sanctions against them, and the president has threatened to withdraw from the treaty,” said Rep. Mac Thornberry R-Texas, ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee, in a statement yesterday…
As matter of record, while Russia was openly defying the INF by working to develop their new hypersonic intermediate-range missiles, Barack Obama was busy dismantling America’s existing nuclear weaponry.
By the time Obama left office, America had less than 50% of the nuclear weapons we had before he took office.
And don’t forget that under the Obama administration and with the approval of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, America sold Russia 20% of our uranium supply.
It doesn’t take a genius to do the simple math to see that the scales have been greatly tipped in the favor of Russia, when it comes to viable nuclear arsenal.
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