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US Congress seeks to address Russia's reported INF Treaty violation

14 July 2017

Key Points

  • Lawmakers are suggesting the Pentagon explore options for fielding its own ground-launched intermediate-range missiles
  • The White House has objected to such provisions, calling one version "unhelpful"

US lawmakers are considering options to address Russia's reported fielding of nuclear-capable intermediate-range weapons that are prohibited under the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, although the White House has urged caution.

Pentagon officials said Russia deployed a land-based cruise missile that violates the spirit and intent of the INF Treaty. Officials have not identified the system, or where it is deployed.

The treaty calls for eliminating nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with a range of 500–5,500 km, forbidding their possession, development, or flight-testing.

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