Trump’s decision to withdraw from US-Russia nuclear treaty ‘blackmail’: China

Trump’s decision to withdraw from US-Russia nuclear treaty ‘blackmail’: China

Trump’s decision to withdraw from US-Russia nuclear treaty ‘blackmail’: China

While Beijing is not a signatory to the 1987 treaty, Trump said abandoning the arms control pact was a threat to China, Russia and "anybody else that wants to play that game", and that the United States would build up its nuclear arsenal.

"We're not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and do weapons and we're not allowed to", Trump said in Nevada Saturday.

While China was never a party to the INF, which was signed four years before the Soviet collapse by U.S.President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Trump said that China should be included in the accord.

"No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant", McCain said.

Trump's announcement has triggered fears of a nuclear arms race.

Russian Federation repeated its criticism of the promised USA pullout, with Putin's spokesman saying Tuesday that "there are weak points" in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty but that "tearing up the agreement without plans for anything new is what we don't welcome". Without renewal, that treaty would expire in 2021.

"When they do, then we'll all stop".

Trump also has extended an invitation to Putin to visit Washington, which administration officials said could yield a second full summit next year.

Finally recognizing that things were getting out of hand, not to mention awfully expensive, U.S. president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gobachev signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF, in 1987.

The European Union warned Trump pulling out of the treaty would risk a new nuclear arms race and urged the U.S. and Russian Federation to "remain engaged in constructive dialogue".

Experts warn that China would put pressure on countries in the region to refuse U.S. requests to position missiles there.

Trump warned that the US will begin developing such weapons unless Russian Federation and China agree not to possess or develop them. "If I were Chinese, I would say the same thing".

Abraham Denmark, a former senior Pentagon official under Obama, said Guam, Japan and even Australia were possible locations for United States missile deployments.

"The aggressor will have to understand that retaliation is inevitable, that it will be destroyed and that we, as victims of aggression, as martyrs, will go to heaven", he said.

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"We will build it (nuclear arsenal) up".

President Trump wants to meet Russian strongman Vladimir Putin in Paris on Veterans Day, national security adviser John Bolton said Tuesday, the French news service AFP reported. And while she agrees that Russian Federation has been violating the INF for years, she says that killing it is just a step in a piece of a larger design from Bolton - whom she notes was behind the abrogation of the ABM Treaty in 2002. The time has come to set the Treaty aside and develop alternative avenues toward the security the treaty once provided, " Risch said.

Moscow has further charged that anti-missile installations that the USA has deployed surrounding Russian Federation in eastern Europe could easily be converted into launchpads for offensive missiles.

American officials also say it puts the U.S. at a disadvantage to China, which is not a signatory.

Once unshackled from the INF treaty, the United States will undoubtedly bolster its capabilities in its face-off with China.

The INF resolved a crisis over Soviet nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles targeting Western capitals. In their view, the future of deterring China and its arms buildup aimed at the South China Sea will be more effectively handled with air- and sea-deployed missiles, which are not affected by the INF treaty and its ban on certain land-based missiles.

Shi Yinghong, a political scientist at Beijing's Renmin University, told DW that despite the INF treaty, the United States maintains military superiority in the region.

The policy review, released in early February, provides for "the creation of low-yield nuclear weapons that would lower the threshold of the use of nuclear weapons", Belousov said.

"The world doesn't need a new arms race that would benefit no one and on the contrary would bring even more instability".

It would enable Russian Federation to launch a nuclear strike at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries at very short notice.

"I wouldn't make any ... predictions that this will affect New START", Miller says.

"There is no doubt that Russian Federation is responsible for the degradation of the INF treaty".

Commenting on a statement by the government in Beijing that China wants the USA to remain in the INF, Bolton said, "If I were living in Beijing, I would probably want the same thing".

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