US President Donald Trump has confirmed reports that his administration plans to abandon a key arms control treaty with Russia over claims that Moscow has violated the Cold War era nuclear weapons deal, further vowing American development of such mass-destructive weaponry.
“Russia has not adhered to the agreement. So we are going to terminate the agreement,” Trump told reporters on Saturday, referring to the landmark Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), just before leading a political campaign rally in Elko, Nevada.
The US president further alleged: “Russia has violated the agreement. They’ve been violating it for many years. I don’t know why president (Barack) Obama didn’t negotiate or pull out. And we’re not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and go out and do weapons (while) we’re not allowed to.”
“We’ll have to develop those weapons,” he then vowed.
The INF, which was signed in 1986 between then US president…