Russian Federation fires back after Trump threatens to ditch nuclear arms treaty

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WARNING Trump has vowed to expand his nuclear arsenal in the face of Russia and China

Trump told reporters on Saturday that he meant to withdraw the country from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), signed by the Soviet Union and the United States in 1987 during the final years of the Cold War. Until people come to their senses - we have more money than anybody else, by far.

Trump said China, too, should be included in the accord. And it includes Russian Federation. You can't play that game on me, " Trump asserted. The Pentagon wants to counter this by deploying its own missiles in the region, but is barred from doing so by the INF treaty. A foreign ministry spokeswoman added, "It needs to be emphasized that it is completely wrong to bring up China when talking about withdrawal from the treaty".

The landmark treaty was signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987 and led to almost 2,700 short- and medium-range missiles being eliminated.

Russia, which has long denied it is violating the treaty, fired back on Monday.

The agreement has helped eliminate thousands of land-based missiles from the United States and Russian Federation, and Trump's plans have raised concerns of a renewed arms race between the two nations.

Mr Trump said the U.S. would build up its arsenal "until people come to their senses".

The INF treaty required the United States and the Soviet Union to forgo all nuclear ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with a range of 310 to 3,415 miles, eliminating an entire category of weapon. "This would be a very risky step, which, I'm sure, won't be just understood by the global community, but arouse serious condemnation of all members of the world community, who are committed to security and stability, and are ready to work on strengthening the current regimes in arms control".

Earlier, Reuters reported Bolton's statements according to the radio station's translation of his English remarks into Russian.

These include China's DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), which has a maximum range of 4,000 km (2,500 miles) and which the Pentagon says can threaten US land and sea-based forces as far away as the Pacific island of Guam. Hutchison told a press conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels that if Moscow continued its development and alleged deployment of the missile that Washington claims violates the INF treaty, the Pentagon was prepared to "take out" the missile. Divisions between the Democrats and the Trump White House are limited to tactical matters of where and how the United States should concentrate its global war drive.

U.S. President Donald Trump is greeted by Defense Secretary James Mattis (L) prior to a swearing-in ceremony for Mattis at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S., January 27, 2017. Speaking to Sputnik about the USA move's impact on Iran, Iranian geopolitical analysts Fuad Izadi and Seyed Zavari explained the connection between the INF Treaty decision and United States policy toward Tehran. The deployment of the US missiles had provoked mass protests, particularly in Germany, over the fear that the arms buildup threatened to turn Europe into the main battlefield in a US-Soviet nuclear war.

But some U.S. military officials have asserted for months that if China was unwilling to sign on to the treaty American forces will be "hamstrung" by Beijing's growing arsenal of ground-based missiles - 90 per cent of which would be outlawed if it were a party to the treaty - and need the freedom to boost their own missile forces in the region.

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