"From what I read, he [Trump] lives in a world of American total global power. That's where he lives, so anything that bumps into that goes down badly with him. And so I'm not sure that he's thought our what capabilities this missile has, but he wants to be the boss man worldwide", Kent said.
The campaigner criticised the UK government's support of the US stance on this issue.
"I think it's particularly ridiculous that the British government, without any debate, has signed up for his [Trump's] position on this treaty", Kent said.
The CND vice president added that it was "very alarming when you have a treaty that's been agreed, multilaterally, that's torn up by one party."
"The public are aware of what's going on. We ought to be negotiating but we're not at all", Kent said.
In his State of the Union address on 5 February, Trump said that the United States would outspend and out-innovate all other countries if a new treaty is not reached to replace the INF Treaty. Trump made his speech several days after US State Secretary Mike Pompeo said Washington had suspended its obligations under the INF Treaty and would leave in six months unless Russia came back into compliance with the pact.
Pompeo announced US suspension of the treaty and the launch of the six-month withdrawal process on 1 February. On the following day, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow had suspended its participation in the treaty in response to the US actions.
The CND was set up in 1957 in the United Kingdom, as Cold War tensions were running high.
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