Washington — US President Donald Trump is pulling the US out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty , a 1987 pact with the former Soviet Union that became a pillar of international arms control. “The US will suspend its obligations under the INF Treaty and begin the process of withdrawing from the INF Treaty, which will be completed in six months unless Russia comes back into compliance by destroying all of its violating missiles, launchers, and associated equipment,” Trump said in a statement on Friday. US secretary of state Michael Pompeo told reporters at the state department that “countries must be held accountable when they break the rules, and Russia has violated the accord for years “without remorse.” The announcement came before a Saturday deadline for Russia to destroy all of its ground-launched cruise missiles known as 9M729s, associated equipment and launchers. The suspension represents another flashpoint in US-Russia relations and another repudiation by Tr...

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