US pulls out of nuclear arms treaty with Russia

The United States Secretary of State, Mr. Mike Pompeo on Friday announced the Trump administration’s decision to suspend its compliance with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia on Saturday. It will also withdraw from the landmark 1987 arms control accord in six months if Russia does not end its alleged violation of the pact.

Russia has denied violating the treaty, which bans either side from stationing short- and intermediate-range, land-based missiles in Europe.

The withdrawal had been expected for months which follows years of unresolved dispute over Russian compliance with the 1987 pact.

U.S. officials also have expressed concern that China, which isn’t part of the treaty, deploys large numbers of missiles in Asia that the U.S. can’t counter because it’s bound by the treaty.