US pulls out of nuclear treaty

National News

February 1, 2019 - 4:45 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States announced Friday that it was pulling out of a landmark nuclear arms control treaty with Russia, accusing Moscow of violating the Cold War-era pact with “impunity” by continuing to develop banned missiles.

President Donald Trump said Russia has been secretly developing “a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat to our allies and troops abroad.” He said the U.S. had adhered to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty since it was signed in 1987, but Russia has not.

“We cannot be the only country in the world unilaterally bound by this treaty, or any other,” Trump said in a written statement.

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