US exit of INF would be the start of ‘Cold War 2.0’

Iran Daily - - International - By Hos­sein Zi­aee*

US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo’s 60-day dead­line to Rus­sia to cor­rect al­leged vi­o­la­tions of the In­ter­me­di­ate-range Nu­clear Forces Treaty (INF) and the warn­ing of Valery Gerasi­mov, chief of staff of the Rus­sian mil­i­tary, that Euro­pean coun­tries host­ing US mis­siles could be­come tar­gets for Rus­sia have raised con­cerns in the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

Ger­man For­eign Min­is­ter Haiko Maas has im­plic­itly crit­i­cized the pos­si­ble US exit of the INF, say­ing that his coun­try calls for more global arms con­trol of weapons of mass de­struc­tion (WMD). In an in­ter­view with a Ger­man news­pa­per, he de­scribed the treaty as the corner­stone and pil­lar of the Euro­pean se­cu­rity in the past 30 years.

He also called for the re­vi­sion of the reg­u­la­tions about the WMD su­per­vi­sion.

His state­ments come as the US and Is­rael are push­ing for more uni­lat­eral poli­cies to seek global hege­mony by hav­ing un­re­strained and un­mon­i­tored pro­grams of WMD.

The Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion exit from the INF would be the be­gin­ning of a sec­ond cold war, a sce­nario that would bring more and more threats for the world com­mu­nity.

Europe would be­come the bat­tle­ground of any Us-rus­sian mil­i­tary con­fronta­tion.

For­mer Ger­man for­eign min­is­ter Sig­mar Gabriel had also warned that the world is fac­ing a “new phase of nu­clear rear­ma­ment,” and is in the midst of “Cold War 2.0”.

Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin has said that the US plan to with­draw from the INF was “ill-con­sid­ered” and warned that Moscow would fol­low suit if the United States armed it­self with weapons banned by the pact.

The above-men­tioned state­ments mean that the world com­mu­nity is now fac­ing a cri­sis like the Cuban mis­sile cri­sis in 1962.

It seems that the ad­ven­tur­ist and uni­lat­eral poli­cies of Don­ald Trump has made the world more un­sta­ble and in­se­cure. The only coun­ter­mea­sure is for sup­port­ers of mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism like EU, China, Rus­sia and Iran to stick to­gether and chal­lenge Trump’s uni­lat­er­al­ism.

*Hos­sein Zi­aee is an Ira­nian jour­nal­ist in Ger­many.

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