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U.S. to Test Missiles Banned Under Treaty With Russia

by Axios | Updated on 3.14.19

The Pentagon plans to begin testing missiles banned by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia that is expected to formally end soon, the Associated Press first reported Wednesday.

The details: President Trump announced in October his intention to withdraw from the treaty because he said Russia was not honoring the agreement. Russia then formally suspended its part of the pact, and the U.S. formally withdrew from it on February 1. The treaty is set to end in August, when the Pentagon plans to test a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of about 600 miles, U.S. military officials who are prevented from being named under Pentagon ground rules told reporters. They plan to test a midrange ballistic missile with an approximate range of 1,800 to 2,500 miles in November.

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  • J. scott
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    I am opposed to breaking this treaty as I am with most things President Trump does. I also see it as his short sighted and ill considered attempt to transfer even more government dollars to the private sector through the defense industry complex and restart the arms race. Unbelievably irresponsible in my view.

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  • Ronald
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    Russia is not complying with the treaty. It is suicidal for us to unilaterally disarm.

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  • Constance
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    Not happy about this, but by violating the agreement first, the Russians have forced our hand. We can’t sit around and do nothing while Russia with its history of unprovoked aggression, is working to outgun us.

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  • John
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    Everybody is going back to testing missles. Russia, United States, China, North Korea. Seems like the thing to do. What the hell is going on? It seems like another generation has come of age that forgot all of the lessons of the past and wishes to relive those days once again.

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  • Robert
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    Whatever happened to diplomacy and applying sanctions on Russia? Oh I forgot. That’s not the Boom Boom Bolton way. So what is our foreign policy? Alienate our allies and go it alone arrogance?

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  • Cindy
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    Russia broke from the Treaty 5 years ago, the question seems only to antagonize Trump Derangement Syndrome.

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  • Tooluser1
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    Great! Russia has been for decades, and China isn't even signatory to this treaty and has been building them as fast as they can.

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  • Azrael
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    What happened to our word is our bond?

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  • BiG-G
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    This is just stupid. We already have the weapons to destroy the Russian Country. And they have enough to destroy us. We do not need to amp up the arms race. Wastse of money and time. Especially if we can not afford to take care of our own Senior's and other that are less fortunate. I know that one of your Senaters, as well as President Trump have said that there is no use for old people.

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  • Sandra
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    Gr-r-r, THIS is what happens when a meglomaniacal , moron is put in the White House....On the upside, we probably will NOT have to worry about Climate Change, 'cause this "Administration" is doing their damnest to antagonize and piss off our enemies, all the while alienating our allies....Instead of Climate Change, we could face "Silent Spring".

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  • Clint
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    So now on top of having school shooting drills we can add bombing drills as well. Because you can bet Russia will fall right into step testing the same types of weapons and probably much worse.

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  • Manuela
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    So stupid. Instead of wasting more money on developing more weapons to kill us, how about using the billons on finding cures for diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, crohn’s, etc? Or spending more money on education or healthcare?

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  • Mitchell
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    Do you want to start a war because this is how you start a war.

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  • Christine
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    As a teen, I had to worry about this, then I did not. Now again I worry about a nuclear arms race? This sucks. djt is the WORST ever.

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  • MissLove1986
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    Guess who uses chaos - even if/ when real harm comes to others - as their favorite means of distraction from the criminal investigation into Trump & Co? Oh yeah. Donald Trump. Every moment he spends in office brings us a step closer to WWIII. He's been gunning for it since at least early 2017. He's needs to go; pronto!

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  • Deepstate
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    Is there proof Russia broke the treaty? I do Not believe anything from trumps mouth! The dude lies, then lies with lies, then he lies with the lies of the lies he's told! Something isn't right here! trump and Putin are in some kind of game together!

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  • Jean
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    COUNTABLE TELLS ME, THEN ASKS: "U.S. to Test Missiles Banned Under Treaty With Russia. Vote to see how others feel about this issue" ME? i'm angry and dismayed. Too well I remember "duck and cover" drills, and under Trump we're heading right back to them.

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  • Marylynn
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    WTF, are you kidding me. Is this way for Comrade Bone Spurs to flex his muscles and show useless dictators that he's going to do whatever he wants to do. Why test these missiles in the first place? This useless president is causing too much controversy.

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  • Nancy
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    Stop - Don’t even think about it. they’re looking to start World War III. I don’t want it nobody wants it, the American people don’t wan it. Stop poisoning our our atmosphere with nuclear waste! this is out of the question take it off the table now! We should’ve never withdrawn from the peace treaty! Please be aware he is trying to start World War III beware, I strongly oppose any nuclear testing.

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  • Milan
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    Making Russia great again? This is what Putin wanted - trump handed it to him on a silver platter.

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  • CatherineCampbell
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    Despite Trump's braggadocio we need to honor the agreements and treaties that this country has made even if the countries we have made them with have not honored them. Testing these banned missiles is just what Russia and North Korea and other adversaries want because it gives them a justification to increase their nuclear programs and possibly even declare war.

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  • David
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    Insanity! Pure idiocy. Provocative, irresponsible, playground bully nonsense! Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

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