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Pictured in this screen grab is a Bulava missile launched by the Russian Navy Northern Fleet’s Project 955 Borei nuclear missile cruiser submarine Yuri Dolgoruky from the White Sea in north-west Russia at the Kura testing grounds on Kamchatka Peninsula on Russia’s Pacific coast during a military drill. Screen grab/Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/TASS
President Donald Trump says he will pull the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia.
Trump says Moscow has violated the agreement, but provided no details.
The 1987 pact helps protect the security of the U.S. and its allies in Europe and the Far East. It prohibits the United States and Russia from possessing, producing or test-flying a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of 300 to 3,400 miles.
Trump made the announcement Saturday following a campaign stop in Elko, Nevada. National Security Adviser John Bolton was headed Saturday to Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.
Said Trump: “We are going to terminate the agreement and then we are going to develop the weapons” unless Russia and China agree to a new deal.