The Pentagon said on Monday it tested a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile the first such test since the United States pulled out of the INF treaty
China said that it 'will not stand idly by' and will take countermeasures if the US deploys intermediate-range missiles in the Indo-Pacific region, which it plans to do within months.
US to withdraw from Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia; ex-defence secretary Ash Carter calls move 'not so bad'
Earlier this year, President Donald Trump's administration announced its intention to ditch agreement, accusing Moscow of repeatedly violating its terms. Washington formally launched the procedure of leaving the treaty on 1 February, a six-month process.
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Leaving the INF pact with Russia risks aggravating relations with European allies, who share the administration's view that Russia is violating the treaty but who have not endorsed a US withdrawal.
US to withdraw from Cold War-era INF treaty with Russia; analysts warn against adverse consequences on global scale
INF treaty: US-Russia relations are likely to sour further with the Donald Trump administration announcing its decision to opt out of the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty.
In raising the issue now, the US appears to be placing increased pressure on Russia and trying to further isolate it from the international community.