Posted by zzy29 on August 3rd, 2019

ormer Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev has warned that by withdrawing from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the U.S. risks unleashing a dangerous new arms race and international chaos.

Gorbachev, 88, was the Soviet leader who inked the 1987 accord with U.S. President Ronald Reagan.  banned ground-launch nuclear and conventional 예스카지노 missiles with ranges from 310 miles to 3,417 miles, removing roughly 2,700 such weapons from the front lines of the Cold War.

The U.S. has accused Russia of developing weapons that contravene the agreement, specifically the SSC-8/9M729 cruise missile. U.S. officials believe the 9M729 has a range of between 310 and 620 miles, making it a breach of the agreement.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed Friday that the U.S. has now withdrawn from the INF, after Russia missed an August 2 deadline to return to compliance. Russia has dismissed the U.S. allegations and has also suspended its involvement in the treaty.

For Gorbachev, President Donald Trump's White House is flirting with disaster in its tough stance on the INF. "The termination of the treaty will hardly be beneficial for the international community, this move undermines security not only in Europe, but in the whole world

"There still were some hopes pinned on our partners, that, unfortunately, did not materialize," he added. "I think, now we all can see that a blow has been dealt to strategic security… This US move will cause uncertainty and chaotic development of international politics."

The INF Treaty could be the first of two key anti-nuclear proliferation agreements to collapse, as the U.S. has also signaled it may withdraw from the 2011 New START agreement.

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