China Will Not Tolerate Blackmail on Joining INF Treaty

China Will Not Tolerate Blackmail on Joining INF Treaty

"We're hamstrung in a number of ways, one of which is some of our treaties are self-limiting in my opinion", Harris testified before the House Armed Services Committee earlier this year. In turn, it accuses the U.S. of flaunting its obligations by installing anti-missile systems in Europe that could be used to deploy intermediate-range cruise missiles.

"We will build it (nuclear arsenal) up. [Russia has] not adhered to the spirit of that agreement or to the agreement itself". "This should have been done years ago".

Air Force General Paul Selva, the vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has asserted that describing the INF Treaty as hindering the U.S. military against China is "a bridge too far". I'm terminating the agreement because they violated the agreement. "If I were Chinese, I would say the same thing", he told the Echo Moskvy radio station. "When they do, then we'll all be smart and we'll all stop".

On Monday, Trump doubled down on his threat to scrap the INF treaty, telling reporters that Russian Federation has not adhered to it. And it includes China.

Still, current and former US officials say Washington is right to focus on China's missile threat. You can't do that. "And it includes anybody else who wants to play that game".

Senator Jim Risch supported the move toward withdrawal from the INF treaty.

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It put an end to a mini-arms race in the 1980s triggered by the Soviet Union's deployment of SS-20 nuclear missiles targeting Western European capitals. The European Commission has urged the United States and Russian Federation to pursue talks to save the treaty.

"In addition, new strategic threats from a rising China requires the United States to consider the alliances we have around the world and the commitments to uphold worldwide security". The time has come to set the Treaty aside and develop alternative avenues toward the security the treaty once provided, " Risch said.

But some United States military officials have asserted for months that if China was unwilling to sign on to the treaty American forces will be "hamstrung" by Beijing's growing arsenal of ground-based missiles - 90 per cent of which would be outlawed if it were a party to the treaty - and need the freedom to boost their own missile forces in the region.

"Since the Cold War, this arms-control agreement has banned an entire class of risky nuclear weapons, reducing the threat of nuclear war, " she said. US, which has historically violated treaties, has withdrawn from the INF treaty claiming that Russian Federation is in violation of it.

Noting that the USA is already investing more than United States dollars 1 trillion to modernize its nuclear arsenal, including developing a new air-launched cruise missile and a risky "low-yield" ballistic missile, she said United States does not need to spend more money on more nuclear weapons.

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke to Trump on Sunday to stress the importance of the treaty, his office said on Monday. The deal involved the destruction of certain nuclear weapons by both countries.

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