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U.S. announces withdrawal from nuclear pact with Russia

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U.S. announces withdrawal from nuclear pact with Russia

U.S. announces withdrawal from nuclear pact with Russia

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Friday that the U.S. is withdrawing from a landmark nuclear missile pact with Russia, responding to an alleged violation of the treaty by Moscow.

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U.S. announces withdrawal from nuclear pact with Russia

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APOLOGIES FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Friday that the U.S. is withdrawing from a landmark nuclear missile pact with Russia, responding to an alleged violation of the treaty by Moscow.

The move starts a six-month countdown that could lead to permanent U.S. withdrawal from the 1987 arms control accord, which bans either side from stationing short- and intermediate-range, land-based missiles in Europe, the officials said.

However, Washington could choose not to pull out of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), if Russia comes into compliance with the treaty within that time frame.

The United States alleges that a new Russian cruise missile violates the pact.

The missile, the Novator 9M729, is known as the SSC-8 by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Russia denies the allegation, saying the missile's range puts it outside the treaty, and has accused the United States of inventing a false pretext to exit a treaty Washington wants to leave anyway so it can develop new missiles.

Russia has also rejected a U.S. demand to destroy the new missile.




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