Cit­ing Rus­sia, China, Trump vows to ‘build up’ US nu­clear arse­nal

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Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said the United States is ready to bol­ster its nu­clear arse­nal af­ter an­nounc­ing it is aban­don­ing a Cold War-era nu­clear treaty, as Rus­sia warned the with­drawal could crip­ple global se­cu­rity. Trump sparked con­cern glob­ally by say­ing he wanted to jet­ti­son the three-decade-old In­ter­me­di­ate-Range Nu­clear Forces Treaty (INF) signed for­mer US pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan and Mikhail Gor­bachev, the last Soviet leader. In ex­plain­ing his de­ci­sion, Trump told re- porters in Wash­ing­ton that Rus­sia had “not ad­hered to the spirit of that agree­ment or to the agree­ment it­self ”. “Un­til peo­ple come to their senses, we will build it up,” he said, re­fer­ring to the coun­try’s nu­clear stock­pile. “This should have been done years ago. “It’s a threat to who­ever you want. And it in­cludes China. And it in­cludes Rus­sia,” the US pres­i­dent con­tin­ued. “And it in­cludes any­body else who wants to play that game. You can’t do that. You can’t play that game. “Un­til they get smart, there’s go­ing to be no­body that’s go­ing to be even close to us.” Rus­sia, how­ever, has warned aban­don­ing the agree­ment would be a ma­jor blow to global se­cu­rity. Moscow was ready to work with the United States to sal­vage the agree­ment, the Rus­sian Se­cu­rity Coun­cil said af­ter a meet­ing be­tween its chief Niko­lai Pa­tru­shev and US Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor John Bolton. Bolton, who is ex­pected to meet Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin on Tues­day, was vis­it­ing Moscow in the wake of Trump’s an­nounce­ment Satur­day that he wants to do away with the pact, which bans in­ter­me­di­ate-range nu­clear and con­ven­tional mis­siles. Signed in 1987, the INF re­solved a cri­sis over Soviet nu­clear-tipped bal­lis­tic mis­siles tar­get­ing Western cap­i­tals. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov re­jected claims that Moscow has vi­o­lated the pact, in­stead ac­cus­ing Wash­ing­ton of do­ing so, and called Bolton’s up­com­ing meet­ing with Putin im­por­tant. “There are more ques­tions than an­swers,” he told jour­nal­ists. Trump’s an­nounce­ment has raised global con­cerns, with the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion urg­ing the United States and Rus­sia to pur­sue talks to pre­serve the treaty, and China call­ing on Wash­ing­ton to “think twice.” Chi­nese for­eign min­istry spokes­woman Hua Chun­y­ing said a uni­lat­eral with­drawal from the treaty “will have a mul­ti­tude of neg­a­tive ef­fects”. An­a­lysts warn the lat­est rift be­tween Moscow and Wash­ing­ton could have lam­en­ta­ble con­se­quences, drag­ging Rus­sia into a new arms race. Putin last week raised eye­brows by say­ing Rus­sians would “go to heaven” in the event of nu­clear war and that Moscow would not use nu­clear weapons first. “The ag­gres­sor will have to un­der­stand that re­tal­i­a­tion is in­evitable, that it will be de­stroyed and that we, as vic­tims of ag­gres­sion, as mar­tyrs, will go to heaven,” he said. Putin and Trump will both be in Paris, France on Novem­ber 11 to at­tend com­mem­o­ra­tions mark­ing 100 years since the end of World War I.

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