At a press conference from the state department Secretary of state, Mike Pompeo said that Effective February 2nd, 2019 the United States will suspend its obligations with the INF treaty and will inform Russia and the other treaty parties of their withdraw in six months due to Russias violations and unlawful conduct towards America.
Early Friday, The White House addressed the decision by Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, stating, “Russia has refused to take any steps to return to real and verifiable compliance over these 60 days, The United States will therefore suspend its obligations under the INF Treaty and we will provide them with formal notice that the United States is withdrawing effective in six months.”
Trump’s statement declared, “we will move forward with developing our own military response options,” and “deny Russia any military advantage from its unlawful conduct.” POTUS also mentioned, “For arms control to effectively contribute to national security, all parties must faithfully implement their obligations.” Meaning, as long as Russia complies with the INF treaty criteria, America will stand by them but will no longer keep allowing Russia to violate it as they have been doing it since the 2014 Obama Administration,” by fielding a cruise missile known as the 9M729
The agreement, signed by then-President Reagan and Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev, bans nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers.
Watch Mike Pompeo press Conference on Suspending the treaty:
Read the President’s full statement:
Statement from the President Regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty
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. Tomorrow, the United States will suspend its obligations under the INF Treaty and begin the process of withdrawing from the INF Treaty, which will be completed in 6 months unless Russia comes back into compliance by destroying all of its violating missiles, launchers, and associated equipment. 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. We cannot be the only country in the world unilaterally bound by this treaty, or any other. We 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.
My Administration remains committed to effective arms control that advances the United States, allied, and partner security is verifiable and enforceable and includes partners that fulfill their obligations. 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. This would be a fantastic thing for Russia and the United States, and would also be great for the world.
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