U.S. Exit From Nuclear Arms Treaty Invites New Arms Race

The United States mulling to pull out of the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty will fret over the possibility of a new round of arms race worldwide, said U.S. experts.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday announced his intention to withdraw his country from the 1987 treaty, citing Russia's violation of the deal.

On Tuesday, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton, after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, said that the United States will file a formal notice of its withdrawal from the treaty "in due course."

Experts see that the INF treaty probably will be the latest among a string of bilateral or multilateral agreements torn up by Trump as he felt they no longer benefit the United States.

Trump felt that "the United States is not going to be taken advantage of," Republican strategist and TV personality Ford O'Connell told Xinhua.

Moreover, it showed that the Untied States wanted to re-align its relationship with Russia, O'Connell said.

Analysts also noted that pulling out of the accord could allow Washington to develop weapons banned by the agreement.

Read more from Matthew Rusling at Xinhua

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