Published: Sat, February 02, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

US, Russia fail to make progress in nuclear treaty talks

US, Russia fail to make progress in nuclear treaty talks

To another question on whether China which has been calling for a two-step formula to admit new members into the NSG has been changed, he said, "we call on the all the countries to join the treaty as non-nuclear weapons states as soon as possible is our position".

In October a year ago, U.S. President Donald Trump said he would pull Washington out of the INF treaty, which limits the size of each nation's arsenal of missiles.

It was conceivable, however, that Washington could choose not to pull out of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, if Russian Federation came into compliance with the 1987 arms control accord in that period.

The United States is especially concerned about a new Russian missile is known as the Novator 9M729 and called the SSC-8 by the US-dominated North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance. The process would take six months to complete.

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Washington and NATO now accuse Russian Federation of breaching the treaty by developing the 9M729 cruise missile, also known as the SSC-8.

He also called the US position "rather tough, ultimatum-like" and "destructive".

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"The United States imposed a 60-day period during which we had to fulfill their ultimatum", the Sputnik news agency cited Ryabkov as saying after talks with Thompson. Stopping compliance with the treaty would untie the US military's hands, she said.

The immediate effect was to eliminate the U.S.'s Pershing II missiles - which had a range of 1,100 miles - and the Soviet Union's SS-20s, which had a range of 2,700 miles. Each battalion consists of four launchers; each launcher has six cruise missiles with nuclear warheads.

Experts say the USA seeks to gain more from quitting the deal. Trump's national security adviser John Bolton has called the INF treaty outdated and said it doesn't address the rising threat from China, whose deployment of intermediate-range missiles is not bound by the accord.

Russian Federation says the missile's maximum range is 480 kilometers (300 miles) and within the allowed range.

Components of SSC-X-8/9M729 cruise missile system are on display during a news briefing, organized by Russian defense and foreign ministries, at Patriot Expocentre near Moscow on January 23, 2019. They heard many of them before.

Signed in 1987 by United States president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, the INF treaty bans ground-launched missiles with a range of 500 kilometers (310 miles) to 5,500 kilometers (3,415 miles). It also led to an end to a unsafe standoff between U.S. Pershing and cruise missiles and Soviet SS-20 missiles in Europe.

Russian Federation has said that because Washington's claims are unsubstantiated the agreement would remain in force even if the United States tries to withdraw.

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