US killing INF treaty further hampers any hopes of peace

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The decision to withdraw from the INF was not based on a military necessity, but a political one. With his announcement that the United States is suspending compliance with and withdrawing from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has sparked a fundamental debate about the future of arms control. The INF Treaty was at the heart of a new arms control regime created by the Reagan administration that helped lead to the end of the Cold War. Now, far from being the no-brainer the Trump administration is suggesting, the death of the treaty could easily harm rather than bolster U.S. and allied security. The United States has claimed since 2013-and NATO allies, after being provided with evidence from Washington, concur-that Russia illegally tested land-based cruise missiles with ranges of 500 kilometers. Perhaps neither President Vladimir Putin nor top Russian officials understand or believe that the manner of testing a cruise missile…

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