"The prospect for new arms control negotiations is bleak", Freeman said. Freeman warned that the danger of a nuclear exchange in Europe will increase without the INF Treaty, which bans ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 310 and 3,100 miles.
On Friday, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced that the United States would end its obligations under the INF Treaty on Saturday, initiating a six-month period to scrap the accord.
Freeman noted that China, which is not part of the INF Treaty, has built up an arsenal of intermediate range missiles covered by the accord and has been cited as a reason for terminating the agreement.
Freeman said the US withdrawal would have no impact in Asia because Washington is determined to deploy nuclear-capable cruise missiles to complement its airborne nuclear arsenal.
Russia has emphasized on numerous occasions that it strictly complies with the obligations outlined in the INF Treaty.
On 24 October, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said Moscow provided the United States all information about when and at what distances Moscow tested the Novator 9M729 missile.
The INF Treaty was signed in 1987 between the Soviet Union and the United States and entered into force on 1 June 1988.
On 2 February, US President Donald Trump is expected to make the suspension of the INF treaty official.
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