US withdrawal from INF treaty finally explained

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The US Department of Defense plans to test a ground-to-ground cruise missile with a range of about 1,000 km, as international media reported on Thursday.

“In August, we intend to test a land-based cruise missile,” a senior US official told Reuters on condition of anonymity, the daily Gazeta said. The range of this missile would be 621 miles (about 1,000 km). If the tests were conclusive, this missile could be deployed in 18 months already.

“In addition, the Pentagon is studying the possibility of organizing the testing of a medium-range ballistic missile in November,” the source added.

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty prohibits the production and testing of land-based missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 km.

In February, the United States suspended its participation in this treaty and promised to withdraw completely in six months if Russia did not honor its commitments. Moscow reacted symmetrically.

The Pentagon plans to test its new missile in August. It’s March. In other words, these tests will take place in less than six months.

It is impossible to develop a new missile in such a short time. For example, the US began designing the Pershing-2 mid-range missile in 1975, but was not commissioned until 1983.

The United States has been working on the new missile for several years, despite the current INF treaty, the paper says. And to add that they obviously needed to withdraw de facto from the treaty precisely to test this new missile.

In recent times, Moscow and Washington have made several mutual accusations of breaking the treaty.

The Pentagon believes that the Russian missile 9M729 is outside the scope of the treaty and has been tested more than 500 km, while the Russian Ministry of Defense says that the missile has traveled only 480 km.

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