Speaking to reporters, US President Donald Trump said, ‘We’re going to terminate the agreement and we’re going to pull out. We’ll have to develop those weapons. We are going to terminate the agreement and then we are going to develop the weapons, unless Russia and China agree to a new deal. We’ll have to develop those weapons, unless Russia comes to us and China comes to us and they all come to us and say let’s really get smart and let’s none of us develop those weapons, but if Russia’s doing it and if China’s doing it, and we’re adhering to the agreement, that’s unacceptable. Russia has violated the agreement. They have been violating it for many years,” Trump said.
The INF treaty was signed between the then US president Ronald Reagan and his USSR counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987 on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles.
It eliminates all nuclear and conventional missiles, as well as their launchers, with ranges of 500-1,000 kilometers or 310-620 miles (short-range) and 1,000-5,500 km or 620-3,420 miles (intermediate-range).