US to Test Ground-Launched Cruise Missile Systems Once Banned by INF Treaty | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

US to Test Ground-Launched Cruise Missile Systems Once Banned by INF Treaty

The US Department of Defense revealed this week that it will begin manufacturing parts for ground-launched cruise missile systems that were previously banned by the terms of the now-suspended Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

Pentagon spokesperson Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza said Monday that the agency "will commence fabrication activities on components to support developmental testing of these systems — activities that until February 2 would have been inconsistent with our obligations under the treaty."

The move to restart the program came as a result of the Trump administration announcing in February 2019 that it was withdrawing from the 1987 arms control agreement over allegations that Russia violated its end of the bargain. The treaty barred both countries from building ground-launched missiles with ranges between 500 to 5,000 kilometers. Moscow has largely denied that it ever violated the terms of the agreement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Knowing what the lead times are on weapons development, this program was started long before Trump pulled out of the INF treaty.

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