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.
“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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