The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty

President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev shake hands after signing the arms control agreement banning the use of intermediate-range nuclear missles, the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Reduction Treaty.

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February 04, 2019
Busting myths about the INF Treaty
The United States on February 2 suspended its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty because of Russia’s material breach of the treaty and its refusal to dismantle its intermediate-range, ground-launched cruise missile. The illegal Russian weapon clearly violates the treaty’s ban on ground-launched missiles that can travel 500 to 5,500 kilometers.
U.S. officials say that Russia has responded with a barrage of lies and obfuscations but has made no move to come back into compliance with the landmark 1987 treaty.