U.S. pullout from nuclear treaty with Russian Federation also targets China

US will increase nuclear arsenal if others don't 'come to their senses': Donald Trump

It was originally reported by Gregory Hellman on politico.com on October 22, 2018.

President Donald Trump said on Monday that the United States plans to increase it's already massive nuclear arsenal, a move that could start another arms race.

Trump has confirmed that he would withdraw the U.S. from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russian Federation that limited the number of missiles in the two nations, accusing Moscow of violating the deal.

Yet somehow this is said to be reckless behavior by-Donald Trump?

"You can't do that". "And it includes anybody else who wants to play that game".

Despite repeated Russian denials, US authorities believe Moscow is developing and has deployed a ground-launched system in breach of the treaty that could allow it to launch a nuclear strike on Europe at short notice.

"China's pursued a missile-based strategy".

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. Ronald Reagan and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation deployed.

"Russia has not adhered to the agreement".

"When they do, then we'll all stop". We're the ones that have stayed in the agreement and we've honoured the agreement. "Until they come to their senses".

If the USA pulls out of the treaty, it's not because there is any need for more weaponry. Manning underlined the secretary is always in contact with the White House.

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Over the weekend, U.S. media reported Mattis was unaware of Trump's decision.

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

"Until people come to their senses, we will build it up", he said, referring to America's nuclear stockpile.

Yet the decision also comes following a almost year-long push by top United States military officials in the Pacific to either find ways to bring China into the treaty or develop new American weapons to counter it.

The treaty was one of those agreements and is set to expire in the next two years.

"It means that the American government, the military industrial complex wants to make a lot more weapons, because it is the Chinese: "The Chinese are making all those weapons, why can't" we?'"

Air Force General Paul Selva, the vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has asserted that describing the INF Treaty as hindering the United States military against China is "a bridge too far".

The Cold War-era treaty banned medium-range missiles, reducing the perceived Soviet threat to European nations.

"For the Asia-Pacific theatre, there's a great advantage to both undersea where USA has dominance ... and to airborne systems", Miller said.

On Sunday, one of the original signatories of the INF treaty, Mikhail Gorbachev, said a USA withdrawal would reverse efforts made to achieve nuclear disarmament.

"The United States should try to address the fact that China is not a party by negotiating a new treaty with that country or with China and China", he added in a statement.

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