US Expects to Pull Out of Nuclear Arms Treaty Soon

Officials offer Russia more arms control talks

The State Department is treating the fate of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty as a fait accompli, though officially the US won’t withdraw from the Cold War-era treat until early February. That withdrawal is built around US claims that Russia is violating the INF, though Russia denies this is the case.

Russia has been trying to save the treaty, to the point that they put the missile in question on public display for foreign military attaches and the press this week at a military theme park near Moscow. US officials insist it’s not enough.

US officials are offering a new round of arms control talks in Beijing next week with Russia, but it doesn’t appear this is going to be in time to save the INF, with the US still demanding Russia just abandon their new missiles outright, or give them to the US for American military testing.

This is expected to go about as well as it did the last several times the US demanded this. Russia has repeatedly declined and noted that the US has refused to give them even limited access to certain new US nuclear assets for compliance questions.

Author: Jason Ditz

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