US Should Consider Consequences of Leaving Nuclear Arms Treaty - Berlin

Saul Bowman
October 22, 2018

Trump told reporters on Saturday night that his administration would "terminate" and "pull out" of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a strategic arms reduction pact that President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev struck in 1987. "Do they really not understand in Washington what this could lead to?", the news agency quoted Mr. Gorbachev as saying. "They have been violating it for many years", Trump said Saturday after a rally in Nevada.

In the last five decades the USA and Russian Federation have signed a range of joint agreements to limit and reduce their substantial nuclear arsenals.

Liu Weidong, a U.S. affairs expert with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said that Trump's move would give the USA military more freedom in terms of the development and deployment of conventional and nuclear weapons. I don't know if it happens after the congressional elections, but it might.

Said Trump: "We are going to terminate the agreement and then we are going to develop the weapons" unless Russian Federation and China agree to a new deal.

But Sergei Ryabkov, Russian deputy foreign minister, said that a unilateral USA withdrawal would be "very dangerous" and lead to a "military-technical" retaliation. On Monday, Bolton meets with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. "If Russia's doing it and if China's doing it and we're adhering to the agreement, that's unacceptable", he said.

The agreement prohibited the U.S. and Russian Federation from possessing, producing or test-flying a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of 300 miles to 3,400 miles.

"The treaty must be upheld to prevent a nuclear arms race in Europe", Roderich Kiesewetter, a member of the German parliament's foreign affairs committee from Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party, told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper.

"This would be a very unsafe step that, I am sure, not only will not be comprehended by the global community but will provoke serious condemnation", BBC quoted Ryabkov as saying.

"Threatening American withdrawal will not increase our negotiating leverage, it only falls hook, line, and sinker for Putin's predictable attempts to goad the United States into justifying Russian noncompliance", Markey said.


"And again the initiator of the dissolution of the agreement is the US", Pushkov wrote.

Visiting the USA on official business, he said "Our close and longterm ally, of course, is the United States and we will be absolutely resolute with the U.S. in hammering home a clear message that Russian Federation needs to respect the treaty obligation that it signed". He thinks Trump wants "some sort of stabilization and improvement of U.S". As a non-signatory, Beijing can develop without constraints intermediate-range nuclear weapons.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied allegations that it has produced and tested such a missile.

On Friday, the U.S. announced criminal charges against a Russian for alleged attempts to influence next month's mid-term elections.

However, Washington is looking for support from Moscow in finding resolutions to the Syria war and putting pressure on both Iran and North Korea.

No new summit between Trump and Putin has been announced, but one is expected in the near future.

The two leaders will be in Paris on November 11 to attend commemorations marking 100 years since the end of World War I.

Paul encouraged Trump to appoint nuclear negotiators to work on updating and expanding the pact, and "have a rational discussion with experts on this and see if we can resolve it".

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