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US Calls On Russia to Destroy A New Missile System

WASHINGTON – The United States called Russia to destroy a new cruise missile system that would constitute a “direct and continuing violation” of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, and charged Moscow with destabilizing the planet’s security, writes Stephanie Nebehay, Euroreporter reported Wednesday.
Robert Wood, the US ambassador for disarmament, said that the system was capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads and represented a “direct and powerful threat to Europe and Asia”, as it had range of 500 to 1,500 km.
Last week, the United States rejected a Russian bid to rescue the historic FNI treaty that prevents nuclear missiles from entering Europe because it can not be properly verified, paving the way for Washington to withdraw the pact next month.
“Unfortunately, the United States is increasingly finding that Russia can no longer be trusted to meet its arms control obligations, “said Wood at the United States-sponsored Conference on Disarmament.
The Russian delegation did not respond immediately to the Geneva forum, which has 65-member states and opened its 2019 session.
Russia has tested in flight the “illegal missile”, known as SSC-8 / 9M729, and has taken no concrete action to restore respect for the INF Pact, said Wood.
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“Russia must verify all missiles, launchers and equipment SSC-8 to restore compliance with the INF Treaty,” he said, recalling that the administration of Donald Trump was planning to withdraw from the pact from the beginning of February.
Wood also decried Russian support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his provision to Iran of “an advanced arsenal such as the S-300 missile defense system.”
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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