Moscow and Beijing summon Security Council over US missile

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — A meeting of the UN Security Council convened by Russia and China is taking place this Thursday, August 22 after Washington declared its intention to develop medium-range missiles.

This Thursday, August 22, a meeting of the United Nations Security Council takes place after the United States announced to begin the design and deployment of medium-range missiles. The initiative came from Moscow and Beijing.

Earlier, Ryan McCarthy, acting US Secretary of the Army, said the United States was planning to develop a hypersonic missile , the scope of which had previously been banned by the INF Treaty. This document, which banned missiles with a range between 500 and 5,500 kilometers, expired on 2 August.

The US test

The US military conducted a test fire on 18 August of a new conventional ground-based missile with a range of over 500 km, banned by the Intermediate Range Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NIF).

The test was conducted from the polygon of San Nicolas Island, the furthest of the Channel Islands of California, according to the Pentagon.

Later, the Department of Defense said it was a version of the Tomahawk.

The INF Treaty is no longer in effect following the withdrawal of the United States
Weapons ranging in size from 500 to 5,000 km were prohibited by the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Weapons Treaty (INF), a key instrument for arms control during the Cold War era.

In February, the United States announced its withdrawal from the FNI, accusing Russia of possessing missiles prohibited by the Treaty. Moscow rejected the charges and called for inspections to verify the compliance of its system with the terms of the NIF, but its invitation was not answered.

On August 1, six months after the announcement by the United States, the INF Treaty actually expired.


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