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Will suspend obligations under INF unless Russia returns to full and verifiable compliance: US

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The will suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty unless returns to full and verifiable compliance, the has said.

In a conference call with reporters from on Thursday, US to said "must return to full and verifiable compliance".

The failure to do so will result in the demise of the Treaty, he warned. "But we should be clear. Russia has not shown any indication, so far, that it seeks to return to full compliance," Huntsman said.

"The is declaring that Russia's ongoing violation of the Treaty constitutes a material breach of the treaty. The will suspend its obligations under the treaty, effective 60 days from December 4th, which is when (of State, Mike) Pompeo, just a couple of days ago, laid it out in very clear terms, unless Russia returns to full and verifiable compliance," the said.

"This also does not mean we are walking away from arms control. We are doing this to preserve the viability and integrity of arms control agreements more broadly. We remain committed to arms control. But we need a reliable partner, and do not have one in Russia on or, for that matter, on other treaties that it's violating," Huntsman said.

Andrea Thompson, of State for Arms Control and International Security, said such a decision really demonstrated to all nations, both friend and foe, that the took its arms control treaty seriously.

"We've confronted Russia multiple times over the course of the five-plus years and the 30 detailed engagements. And raised it with them. We confronted them with the evidence of the violation, they feigned ignorance," she said.

Russia, she alleged, went from denying the missile's existence, to now claiming it is in compliance. "We've exercised patience with this across two administrations. The mentioned over 30 occasions since 2013. We've raised it at the highest levels in the Putin regime that a failure to return to the status quo would have consequences, and they've continued to violate the treaty," Thompson added.

She said the first responsibility of the was to protect the safety and security of the American people, and that promise relied upon a credible military deterrent.

"With our INF Treaty, it doesn't bind the likes of or or If we want credible arms control agreements, we've got to demonstrate that our treaties are worth the paper they're written on," she said.

Thompson said it was very clear that Russian broke the terms of the INF Treaty. "He's done other violations, which I'm sure we'll talk about," she said.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 02:40 IST