US Tests Medium-Range Cruise Missile After Exiting INF Treaty

US tests medium-range cruise missile in California

The US has tested a medium-range cruise missile after pulling out of a key treaty with Russia that banned such nuclear-capable weapons.

The Pentagon said it successfully launched the missile on Sunday at San Nicolas Island, California

The US defense department said, " the test missile exited its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500km (310 miles) of flight."

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) was an arms control treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union.

US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev signed the treaty on 8 December 1987 in White House, Washington DC.

Reagan and Gorbachev signing INF treaty
Source: Wikipedia

The INF Treaty banned all of the two nations' land-based ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and missile launchers with ranges of 500–1,000 kilometers (310–620 mi) (short medium-range) and 1,000–5,500 km (620–3,420 mi) (intermediate-range). The treaty did not apply to air- or sea-launched missiles. By May 1991, the nations had eliminated 2,692 missiles, followed by 10 years of on-site verification inspections. (Wikipedia)

The US formally withdrew from the treaty on 2 August 2019 after accusing Russia of violating it - a claim Moscow denies.

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