What Was Really Behind U.S. Withdrawing From Nuke Treaty-Banned Missiles!
Pentagon eager to test banned missiles after discarding Cold-War-era nuke treaty
JAYMIE ICKE14 March 2019
‘The Pentagon plans to test two types of missiles banned for over 30 years under the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty – reinforcing suspicions it has been preparing for this for years.
Pentagon officials outlined a plan to produce a low-flying cruise missile with a potential range of around 1,000km and a ballistic missile capable of traveling 3,000 to 4,000km. Neither would be nuclear armed, the officials said, though with no treaty to abide by, there would be little holding them back from embracing a return to a Cold-War-style arms race. The tests are scheduled for immediately after the US’ official withdrawal from the INF treaty with Russia is finalized.
The cruise missile would be ready for flight-testing in August, while the longer-range projectile would be set for testing in November, according to the officials, who spoke to press on Wednesday under conditions of anonymity. A successful bid to rescue the INF Treaty could theoretically head off development of both weapons, but arms race skeptics appear to be in short supply in Washington, with even the treaty’s supporters blaming Russia for breaking it with their 9M729 cruise missile – accusations the Russians have countered by pointing to the US’ massive drone fleet and Tomahawk-compatible “defensive” missile systems stationed in Europe.’
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