President Donald Trump has announced he will pull the United States out of a Cold War-era nuclear weapons deal with Russia. The president has accused Russia of violating the 1987 pact, but provided no further details.
The United States will withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, President Donald Trump announced Saturday.
Trump justified the move by accusing Moscow of violating the 1987 nuclear arms pact, but refused to provide details.
“We are going to terminate the agreement and then we are going to develop the weapons,” Trump said following a campaign stop in Elko, Nevada. He went on to indicate that he would reconsider, provided Russia and China agreed to sign a fresh nuclear deal.
The 1987 agreement prohibits the US and Russia from possessing, producing or testing ground-launched cruise missiles with a range of 300 to 3,400 miles.
The announcement comes just ahead of National Security Adviser John Bolton’s planned visits to Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.