US Withdraws from the INF Treaty 🚀

 Mikhail Metzel / TASS

Mikhail Metzel / TASS

Peace out

President Trump announced that he intends to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The last major nuclear arms treaty the US withdrew from was the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty under President Bush in 2002.

What is the INF Treaty?

The treaty between the US and Russia prevents the possession of nuclear and ballistic ground-launched missiles with ranges between 310 to 3,420 miles. The treaty was signed in 1987 and was designed to prevent regional nuclear conflict in Europe. President Trump has claimed that Russia’s repeated violations prompted him to pull out of the treaty – allegations that Russia has denied.


LEANING LEFT:

Salon: Kremlin threatens to “restore the balance” of power if US develops weapons banned under INF treaty

Al Jazeera: Russia warns of arms race if US quits weapons treaty


The left 
highlights Russia’s response to the US pulling out of the treaty. Russia has stated that they will develop new weapons to counter the US. In addition, the left claims the move could prompt an arms race between the two nations. The decision to pull out of the treaty has come under scrutiny from arms control advocates, former US officials, and even some Republicans.

LEANING RIGHT:

Conservative Daily News: REPORT: Trump Preparing To Ditch Nuke Treaty That Russia Has Violated Repeatedly

Daily Caller: Trump Says America Will ‘Build Up’ Nuclear Capability Until ‘People Come To Their Senses’


The right 
labels the treaty as symbolic. They claim that Russia has violated the treaty on several occasions. Furthermore, they point out that China, not bound by a treaty, has been amassing mid-range missiles in the western Pacific. The right contends that by pulling out of the treaty, the US can counter China by stockpiling its own arms.


It's not just about Russia

Some argue that the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the treaty goes beyond Russia. The decision allows the US to bolster forces in the Pacific to counter China’s military developments in the region. Germany has voiced their desire to keep the INF Treaty intact, while the UK has pledged its support for Trump’s decision. 

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