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President Trump said the US will withdraw from a decade-long deal with Russia, which eliminated a class of nuclear weapons after accusing Russia of violating the treaty.
"We are the ones who remained in the agreement We have complied with the agreement, but unfortunately Russia has not complied with the agreement," Trump told reporters in Nevada, "so we will end the agreement and we will withdraw."  Signed by President Reagan and the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, the Nuclear Missile Treaty banned the US and Soviet "ground-based ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5500 kilometers" and called for the destruction of missiles, launchers and "associated Support structures and support equipment, "according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The two countries eliminated 2,692 missiles under the 1988 "Effective" Treaty, the agency says.
For some years U. U. S. officials accused Russia of violating the agreement.
General Paul Selva, Deputy Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, told Congress in March 2017 that military officials "believe that the Russians have deployed a land-based cruise missile that violates the spirit and intent of the treaty".
The Obama administration said Russia violated the INF Treaty in 2014 by testing a ground-based cruise missile. But the Obama administration "decided not to leave because of objections from Europeans – especially Germany – and out of concern that it would spark an arms race," the New York Times said.
Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the state-owned Tass News that the withdrawal from the treaty "would be a very dangerous move, of which I am sure that he will be understood not only by the international community, but all members of the Seriously condemned world community committed to security and stability and are ready to work on strengthening the current arms control systems. "
In the 1960s, there were more than 30,000 nuclear warheads in the US, which decreased to approximately 22,000 in 1989. About 4,480 nuclear weapons – Of which 1,740 in use, reported NPR spokesman Philip Ewing.
The end of the INF Treaty could be "a failure" for the new START Treaty, as David Welna of NPR reported on the large remaining arms reduction agreement with Russia, which was signed in 2010. New START includes a limit of 1,550 nuclear warheads deployed on deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles for each country.
John Bolton, Trump's national security adviser, is traveling to Moscow this week and is reportedly telling Russian President Vladimir Putin that the US is planning to terminate the agreement.