UNLESS there are new treaties in place soon, or unless the rest of the world gangs up on the nuclear powers and forces them to disarm – that’s not going to happen – there will a new nuclear arms race, just as Putin and his oligarchs, and Trump and his military-industrial complex, want. The end of the INF in particular was trailed by Putin as long ago as 2002 when the US withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. He confirmed last year that the end of that treaty had influenced his thinking on ending the INF Treaty, though it was Trump who announced in February that the US was pulling out of the INF treaty, accusing Putin of developing new missiles that breached the treaty’s rules. So if the US is right and Putin does have new missiles, then the new arms race has already begun, with the Pentagon announcing last night that the US will develop its own missiles. The complicating factor is that the other nuclear powers China, Israel, Pakistan, India, and France are not going to stand idly by and watch the big two get a lead in the race. Other countries such as North Korea and perhaps Iran are also not going to miss out on the excuse to develop their own missiles – the end of INF and probably New Start is a gift to Kim Jong-Un.
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