INF Treaty Violation?

So this speech may be part of the start of a propaganda campaign to provide "justification" for the US to walk out of next year's START negotiations.

The reason that the general started waffling and watering down his statements when quizzed by the press is likely that he knows he doesn't have evidence to back it up and is in the unenviable position of being the one who has been selected by his superiors to front the start of this campaign and whose personal credibility is going to suffer if the public don't swallow it.
It all certainly has more than a whiff of another 'dodgy dossier'.

Grey Fox

*Russian Troll*
We are going through peak of oil. World is going into gas and nuclear age. Other countries will have nuclear energy and nuclear weapon, too. So, there is no reason to keep any nuclear-limitation agreement neither for USA nor for Russia, especially if they want to restore their leadership (make Russia or USA "Great Again").
Forget about treaties. Welcome to the second missiles and nuclear age. Make your bets who will be winner (Russia, China or USA?) and looser (Europe, India or Africa?).
The US have now officially pulled out of the INF treaty.
U.S. President Donald Trump made the determination that the U.S. would terminate adherence to the 1987 arms control accord, known as the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), senior administration officials told reporters.
In response to this the Russians have asked the US to agree to a moratorium on deploying short and intermediate range missiles in Europe. They said they have already declared one themselves.
In response, Russia said it had asked the U.S. to declare and enforce a moratorium on the deployment of short and intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe.

"We have proposed to the United States and other NATO countries that they weigh the possibility of declaring the same kind of moratorium on the deployment of short and intermediate range missiles as ours, like the one announced by Vladimir Putin," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying by the TASS news agency.
The US are apparently a few months away from testing new intermediate range missiles.
The officials said the U.S. was months away from the first flight tests of an American intermediate-range missile that would serve as a counter to the Russians. Any such deployment would be years away, they said.
The news story suggests that this new American move is a negotiating tactic by Trump to try to get a missile deal that includes both Russia and China.
Trump has said he would like to see a "next-generation" arms control deal with Russia and China to cover all types of nuclear weapons.
Trump brought this up with the Russians and the Chinese at the G20 meeting in June. The Chinese said they are not interested in getting involved in talks with the US.
He has broached the topic individually with Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, including at the G20 summit in Osaka in June.

China is not a party to nuclear arms pacts between the United States and Russia and it is unclear how willing Beijing would be to be drawn into talks.

China's foreign ministry has reiterated that the country had no interest in joining such talks.
Next step for Trump will be to not extend the 'New START' Treaty beyond 2021, thereby removing the last of the USA/Former Soviet Union (and successor state) nuclear treaties, in the doomed attempt to get China to join something new.
And speaking of China, some interesting speculation here ...

'Australia has refused to rule out the deployment of US ground-based, non-nuclear missiles in the north of the country after the termination of the INF treaty.

'Foreign Minister Marise Payne has danced around discussing the deployment of US ground-based missiles in the north of Australia, saying only that the country "consistently welcomed (US) force and presence." This weekend's Australia-US ministerial consultations in Sydney come soon after the termination of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, an arms control agreement between the US and Russia that has stood since 1988. Both countries have blamed each other for violating the treaty, which restricted the development of ground-based arms with a range from 500km to 5500km.

'US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has since told reporters he'd like to see ground-based arms stationed in Asia as a military deterrent amid what he perceives as "an era of great power competition". When asked about the prospect of US ground-based, non-nuclear missiles stationed in the north of Australia, Senator Payne and Defence Minister Linda Reynolds kept their cards close to their chests. Should the US develop weapons with a range of 5500km, southern China would be comfortably within range of a missile stationed in Darwin.'

This is probably the most relevant thread, as the subject has come up in discussion here already.

The Chinese have said they are not interested in joining in with US and Russian START nuclear arms talks, which they see as a sham. The START treaty is separate from the INF treaty, and covers longer ranged missiles.
China dismisses U.S. invite to join nuclear talks along with Russia
A senior Chinese arms control official called U.S. pressure to join nuclear arms talks with Russia an American ploy to avoid signing a new deal, and said China would gladly participate if the U.S. would agree to parity among all three nations.
They said the US are only trying to include China in an effort to sabotage talks with Russia, so the US has an excuse to walk out of the arms control treaty.
Fu called that demand unrealistic because China has a much smaller nuclear arsenal than the other two. By inviting China to join, the U.S. is creating a pretext to walk away from the talks without replacing the treaty, he said.

"The real purpose is to get rid of all the restrictions and have a free hand in seeking military superiority over any adversary, real or imagined," he said of U.S. intentions.
The head of China's arms control department in their foreign ministry said that if however the US and Russia were to bring their nuclear weapons levels down to Chinese levels, then China would be happy to discuss a treaty with them.
"I can assure you that if the U.S. says that they are ready to come down to the Chinese level, China will be happy to participate the next day," Fu Cong, the director general of the Foreign Ministry's arms control department, said Wednesday. "But actually, we know that that's not going to happen."
Rather interestingly the news report phrased this as "China and others" would then join in the talks. I didn't see a direct quote from Fu on that, but I suspect It may mean that China would insist that India be a party to the treaty as well before China will agree to it.
Fu said the U.S. and Russia should agree to reduce their arsenals first, and then China and others can join nuclear arms reduction efforts.
The current treaty is due to expire in February.

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