Ex­perts urge Trump to save nu­clear treaty

The Wichita Eagle - - Obituaries / News -

Alarmed at what they see as dis­in­te­grat­ing curbs on nu­clear weapons, a bi­par­ti­san ar­ray of Amer­i­can non­pro­lif­er­a­tion ex­perts has urged Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to sal­vage a Cold War­era treaty with Rus­sia that he has vowed to scrap.

In let­ters sent to the White House this week that were seen by The New York Times, the ex­perts said the pact, the In­ter­me­di­ate-Range Nu­clear Forces Treaty, had re­duced the risk of nu­clear war.

De­spite the treaty’s flaws, they said, the United States should work to fix the ac­cord, not walk away from it.

“The INF Treaty has pre­vented the unchecked de­ploy­ment of nu­clear mis­siles in Eu­rope,” stated one of the let­ters, sent Wed­nes­day to the White House. It was signed by more than a dozen prom­i­nent fig­ures in arms con­trol, in­clud­ing for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Ge­orge P. Shultz and for­mer Sen­a­tors Richard Lu­gar and Sam Nunn.

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