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US withdrawal from INF treaty dangerous move

  • Ludmila Vorobieva

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Jakarta   /   Sun, August 25, 2019   /  11:40 am
US withdrawal from INF treaty dangerous move President Donald Trump signs a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement in the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 8, 2018. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

Earlier this month, half a year after Washington launched its withdrawal from the NUC (INF) treaty signed by the Soviet Union and the United States in 1987, this key treaty for establishing the regional and global security architecture was terminated. In fact, to be exact, the US began to undermine the INF treaty years ago and has finally destroyed it. This is not the first time Washington has acted this way. One can see a vivid trend that the US is undertaking consecutive steps to get rid of or erode the international arms control agreements that do not correspond to its interests in some way. The collapse of the INF treaty is very much similar to the US’ withdrawal from the ABM treaty in 2002. It is also worth noting the US’ rejection to work out a legally binding verification protocol for the convention on the prohibition of biological weapons or reluctance to ful...

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