Trump and Bolton try to dismantle the INF Treaty

US will increase nuclear arsenal if others don`t `come to their senses`: Donald Trump

US will increase nuclear arsenal if others don`t `come to their senses`: Donald Trump

The U.S. will outspend any other nation in building up its nuclear arsenal, President Donald Trump said, in a fresh challenge to Russian Federation and China.

Some analysts see the Trump administration's aversion to worldwide agreements and the views of Bolton as a driving force behind the decision.

Lee estimated that about 95 percent of the missiles in China's arsenal would violate the INF Treaty if Beijing were a signatory.

The landmark treaty was signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev and led to almost 2,700 short- and medium-range missiles being eliminated.

The European Union warned Trump pulling out of the treaty would risk a new nuclear arms race and urged the U.S. and Russian Federation to "remain engaged in constructive dialogue".

When signed in 1987, the INF treaty was lauded as a major safeguard for global security since they eliminated shorter-range missiles that take just a few minutes to reach their targets.

Collin Koh, a maritime security specialist at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, said reinstating ground-launched intermediate range missiles would give the USA a needed boost, not only for nuclear strikes but also conventional operations.

"The world doesn't need a new arms race that would benefit no one and on the contrary would bring even more instability".

The overriding concern Mr. Kimball sees is that jettisoning the INF treaty will turn out to be a harbinger of White House intentions orchestrated by Bolton to do away with the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russian Federation. Russian Federation has not provided any credible answers on this new missile. And I understand the Russian position that Russian citizens keep getting indicted for it in the United States, which is a judgment by the prosecutors that they can prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, which is the standard we have in our judicial system. "It is therefore urgent that Russian Federation addresses these concerns in a substantial and transparent manner". "I don't think that's necessarily what Donald Trump wants, but he's blundering into that direction with the path he's taking with withdrawal from INF".

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"To defend our core interests, we would have to push ahead with the modest development of medium-range missiles", Yang said.

In its latest Nuclear Posture Review published in February 2018, the Pentagon said: "In the nuclear context, the most significant Russian violation involves a system banned" by the INF Treaty. "If the United States continues to act so clumsily and harshly, as we can see it do on numerous occasions", he said. The 1987 pact helps protect the security of the U.S. and its allies in Europe and the Far East. The land-based cruise missile, the Novator 9M729, has the potential to be seriously destabilising.

Shi Yinghong, a political scientist at Beijing's Renmin University, told DW that despite the INF treaty, the USA maintains military superiority in the region. "This would have the effect of removing their existing anti-access area denial strategy".

Yet the over-arching concern of many arms control experts is that the USA decision on INF will set the stage for mounting tensions and unbridled efforts by the major powers to out-arm each other with nuclear weapons. "The deployment of short or intermediate ground-based missiles to, say, Japan would add to United States capabilities in the region and erode the Chinese advantage, which has been built over decades", Ni said. But we're going to get to the bottom of it. "How are we going to try and help deter use of it on the continent of Europe?"

In Washington, the US president reiterated his concern about the treaty and said the United States would build up its nuclear arsenal.

For the United States, "the situation vis-a-vis China, uninhibited by any agreement, is very different and far more pressing" than that of Russian Federation, said John Lee, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute think tank in Washington, in a column on CNN's website on October 22. "Until they come to their senses".

"If that happens, then we're talking an unconstrained worldwide arms race that would leave America and its allies and everybody else less secure", says Kimball. We will not only stop, we'll reduce, which I would love to do.

Putin said his last meeting with Trump in Helsinki in July was useful despite their tough discussion, adding that he would be open to meet with Trump in France "if the US side is interested in such contacts".

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