CBRN Assessment

Washington rules out no options after it exits INF Treaty

07 February 2019

Key Points

  • The US expects Russia to return to compliance with the INF Treaty
  • US withdrawal from the treaty will free the DoD to begin counter-missile planning

As the six-month clock counts down to the US withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Washington will focus wholly on bringing Russia back into the INF fold. Failing that, it excludes no option - including the possible stationing of missiles in Europe to counter Russia's new land-based 9M729 cruise missile, the US administration's senior disarmament official has hinted.

US Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Andrea Thompson told reporters via video conference on 6 February, "There are no current plans for that [deployment], but the important thing to say here is that we have engaged early on with our allies and we continue to discuss [policy implications after the US withdraws] with them."

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