first published on February 1, 2019 by Will
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will announce today the suspension of the United States’ participation in the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty after last ditch effort talks with Russia have failed.
“Russia has not, unfortunately, honored the agreement so we’re going to terminate the agreement and we’re going to pull out,” Trump said back in October. “They have been violating it for many years … we’re not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and go out and do weapons and we’re not allowed to.”
The Cold War era treaty banned possession, development, and testing of ground-launched medium-range missiles, with a range of 310 to 3,400 miles.
Pompeo is announcing a six-month suspension from the treaty, after which time the US will have to decide whether to permanently withdraw from the agreement.
President Obama had repeatedly accused the Russians of violating the deal, but failed to act.
Russia has expressed regret of the US decision and has also offered threats of “military-technical” retaliation.