Pentagon plans to test long-banned missiles

David B. Gleason

David B. Gleason

The reports came after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree in early March on the suspension of the implementation of the INF Treaty between Moscow and Washington "until the United States rectifies violations of its commitments under the said Treaty or until its termination".

The United States military is all set to test a ground-launched missile after the Trump administration ended the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty or the INF Treaty last month.

However, the future of New Start seems bleak, with experts viewing the possibility of the agreement being abandoned by its signatories as a real threat, especially since the United States and Russian Federation have already pulled out of the intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF) treaty.

Neither of the missiles will be nuclear-armed, the officials added. Washington is determined to withdraw from the treaty in six months unless Russian Federation returns to "real and verifiable" compliance, he said.

The remarks come after the Hill reported on Wednesday that the USA plans to test two missile systems banned under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which the U.S. announced its decision to withdraw from later this year. Research and development of the banned missiles isn't prohibited by the treaty.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said Russia's actions were in breach of the INF treaty and posed a serious military threat to Europe.

The defense officials told reporters that allies in Europe and Asia had not yet been consulted about the planned missile tests or if they would be deployed on their territory.

The United States deployed a mobile ground-launch cruise missile known as the BGM-109G Gryphon in Europe during the Cold War, but the Pentagon withdrew the weapon as a result of the INF Treaty's restrictions. If the test works in November, the Army would develop, procure and roll out the system, according to the senior defense official, who predicted that the process would take no less than five years. It applies to deployed and non-deployed ground-based missiles of intermediate range (1,000-5,000 kilometers) and shorter range (500-1,000 kilometers). "Think Pershing II. It's a missile of that class". "On the contrary, we demonstrated to all, using arguments and proof, that it is precisely the United States that became the source of dismantling this document since it in fact made breaches (of this treaty)", the Kremlin spokesman said. Russian Federation denied the allegations and accused the United States of violating the pact through its missile defense installations in Europe - accusations the State Department refuted.

But he thought it was more likely that the Trump administration was simply planning for the treaty's demise.

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