Secretary of State Mike Pompeo didn’t mince words when weighing-in on the US-Russia Nuclear Treaty Tuesday; saying the Trump administration will withdraw from the pact unless Russian President Vladimir Putin fully complies with the strict guidelines.
“Russia is responsible for the demise of the treaty,” Pompeo said at a press conference Tuesday. “Only they can save this treaty. If Russia admits its violations and fully and verifiably comes back into action, we will of course welcome that action.”
The accord was first signed in 1987 in an attempt to ease the ‘Mutually Assured Destruction’ policy deployed during the height of the Cold War. A key component of the pact was an outright ban on the deployment of ground-based, medium-range nuclear weapons.
“There is complete unity around this,” Pompeo said. “We believe this is the right outcome.”
“Russia’s violation of the INF Treaty erodes the foundations of effective arms control and undermines Allied security,” said a statement released by NATO. “This is part of Russia’s broader pattern of behavior that is intended to weaken the overall Euro-Atlantic security architecture.”
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BODY BLOW: US CRACKS DOWN on Kim’s ILLEGAL Weapons Programs
The Trump administration unveiled new sanctions and economic pressure aimed at North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s expanding nuclear and chemical weapons programs this week; clamping down on international businesses and trading partners that continue to conduct business with the brutal communist regime.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced the crippling new guidelines Wednesday, saying the US refuses to sit idly as the Hermit Kingdom continues to test nuclear warheads and long-range ballistic missiles; adding America will do all it can to stop Kim’s “destabilizing activities.”
“We are sanctioning additional oil, shipping, and trading companies that continue to provide a lifeline to North Korea to fuel this regime’s nuclear ambitions and destabilizing activities,” said Mnuchin.
The new policy highlights the President’s suspicions that Russia and China are covertly aiding Kim’s regime, sending fuel and food supplies already banned by recent UN sanctions.
“[The United States] designated 10 representatives of the Korea Ryonbong General Corporation (Ryonbong), which has been designated by the UN and the United States,” said the Treasury Secretary. “Ryonbong specializes in acquisition for North Korean defense industries and support to Pyongyang’s military-related sales. Its procurements also probably support North Korea’s chemical weapons program.”
COLD WAR 2: Putin Unveils ‘INVINCIBLE’ Missile, Says US ‘FAILED’ to Contain Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin raised eyebrows throughout Washington Thursday, unveiling a new intercontinental ballistic missile he referred to as “invincible” and saying the United States “failed to contain” Russia’s military expansion and global ambitions.
Putin was speaking at his annual ‘State of the Nation’ speech when he pulled back the curtain on his new missile arsenal, claiming the “hypersonic” weapon can’t be intercepted by US defenses.
“I want to tell all those who have fueled the arms race over the last 15 years, sought to win unilateral advantages over Russia, introduced unlawful sanctions aimed to contain our country’s development: all what you wanted to impede with your policies have already happened,” he said. “You have failed to contain Russia.”
Putin went on to directly threaten the US and European powers, adding that any “nuclear attack” on a Russian ally would be treated as a direct assault on Russia itself; a likely reference to the ongoing Syrian civil war.
“We would consider any use of nuclear weapons against Russia or its allies to be a nuclear attack on our country. The response would be immediate,” he added.