President Donald Trump has warned that the United States will load its arsenal box with nuclear weapons until other nations “come to their senses”; days after he said the US would pull out Cold war era arms control treaty with Russia.
“We will build it (nuclear arsenal) up. Until people come to their senses — Russia has not adhered to the agreement. This should have been done years ago. We have more money than anybody else by far; we’ll build it up until they come to their senses.” –Donald Trump
Trump has confirmed that he would withdraw the US from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia that restricted the number of missiles in the two nations, accusing Moscow of violating the deal.
The INF treaty
The INF treaty was signed between the then US president Ronald Reagan and his USSR counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987 on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles. This 1987 treaty helps protect the security of the US and its allies in Europe and the Far East.
“They have not adhered to the spirit of that agreement or to the agreement itself, Russia — China’s not as good at the agreement, they should be. But until they get smart, there’s nobody that’s going to be even close to us. It’s a threat to whoever you want, and it includes China, and it includes Russia and it includes anybody else that wants to play that game. You can’t do that. You can’t play that game on me.” –Donald Trump
US SANCTIONING STORY
- US had recently pulled out a nuclear pact that comprised the P5+1 group of world powers – the US, UK, France, China, Russia, and Germany, and sanctioned Iran. The sanctioning has jeopardized the scenario of fuel availability around the globe affecting India the most.
- In an incident this year the US had also sanctioned China over buying of missile jets from Russia, it has also started a trade war around the globe.
- Also, US has been warning India over the purchase of S-400 fighter jets from Russia. Washington has warned New Delhi that India would have to face a sanction if the deal happens.