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US Army not currently developing or modifying weapons banned under INF Treaty, says secretary

13 February 2019

The Trump administration is poised to withdraw from the 1987 US-Soviet Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty but the US Army has said it is not yet moving forward with plans to develop or modify a ground-based missile to fly between 500 km and 5,500 km.

Washington is demanding that Moscow destroy all 9M729 missiles, launchers, and associated equipment before August, a Pentagon spokesperson told Jane’s on 12 February. Although the department did not answer specific questions over whether it has directed any of the services to move forward with developing weapons banned under the treaty, US Army Secretary Mark Esper said his service is not yet doing so.

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