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US will back out of nuclear deal with Russia, Trump says



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The President of the United States, Donald Trump has confirmed that Washington plans to back out of a nuclear weapons treaty with Russia over claims Moscow violated the deal.

Trump says the US is planning to unilaterally withdraw from the decades-old treaty with Russia that bans a wide array of nuclear weapons.

“Russia has not adhered to the agreement,” Trump told reporters in Elko, Nevada, without giving any further details.

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“We’re going to terminate the treaty and we’re going to pull out,” he added.

Reports say the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was signed in 1987 by then-US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General-Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in Washington.

It banned nuclear and conventional missiles with ranges of 500 to 1,000km, as well as their launchers.


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