Officials: U.S. to announce suspension of compliance with 1987 INF Treaty

Officials: U.S. to announce suspension of compliance with 1987 INF Treaty
A separate culprit: the Iskander short-range missile, being fired in Russian drills in 2015. The SSC-8 currently at issue is from the same family of missiles, and may be easily mistaken for the Iskander, which is formally deployed in an INF-compliant version. (Image: Russian MOD via russianforces.org)

[Ed. – Mike Pompeo said in December that we would do this in 60 days.  We’re just about at the 60-day mark.  The stately progression here is laid out in the treaty.  Note that the Trump administration has been laying the groundwork for suspension and withdrawal, based on Russia’s violations of the treaty, since 2017.]

The United States will announce it is suspending its compliance with the U.S.-Russian Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, four U.S. officials said on Thursday.

Three of the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the announcement would start a six-month clock on a potential U.S. withdrawal.

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