Pom­peo gives Rus­sia 60-day ul­ti­ma­tum over nuke arms pact

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SEC­RE­TARY of State Mike Pom­peo said Tues­day the United States will with­draw from a Cold War-era nu­clear arms treaty with Rus­sia un­less Moscow comes into com­pli­ance within 60 days.

“The United States de­clares to­day it has found Rus­sia in ma­te­rial breach of the treaty and will sus­pend our obli­ga­tions as a rem­edy ef­fec­tive in 60 days un­less Rus­sia re­turns to full and ver­i­fi­able com­pli­ance,” Pom­peo said in Bel­gium.

For­eign min­is­ters of the North At­lantic Treaty Or­ga­ni­za­tion also ac­cused Rus­sia of breach­ing the 1987 In­ter­me­di­ate-Range Nu­clear Forces Treaty with the United States, in sup­port of Wash­ing­ton’s po­si­tion on Rus­sian vi­o­la­tions.

“Al­lies have con­cluded that Rus­sia has de­vel­oped and fielded a mis­sile sys­tem, the 9M729, which vi­o­lates the INF Treaty and poses sig­nif­i­cant risks to Euro-At­lantic se­cu­rity,” they said in a state­ment af­ter a meet­ing, in which Pom­peo also took part.

The min­is­ters said they “strongly sup­port the find­ing of the United States that Rus­sia is in ma­te­rial breach of its obli­ga­tions un­der the INF Treaty,” the state­ment said.

U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said in Oc­to­ber that he will with­draw the United States from the INF treaty that lim­its the size of each na­tion’s arse­nal of mis­siles.

The United States has long con­tended that Rus­sia has been vi­o­lat­ing the pact by de­ploy­ing a range of tac­ti­cal nu­clear weapons to in­tim­i­date for­mer Soviet states that have aligned with the West.

Photo: As­so­ci­ated Press

NATO Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Jens Stoltenberg, left, speaks with US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo dur­ing a meet­ing of the North At­lantic Coun­cil at NATO head­quar­ters in Brussels on Tues­day.

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