And a dying treaty.
The United States remains committed to preserving the landmark 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which is marking its 30th anniversary on December 8. However, the United States will start looking at military options—including the development of a new cruise missile—to counter what it sees as Russian violations of the bilateral agreement that bans land-based missiles with ranges of between 500 km and 5500 km.
“The United States will continue to pursue a diplomatic solution, we are now pursuing economic and military measures intended to induce the Russian Federation to return to compliance,” State department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement. “This includes a review of military concepts and options, including options for conventional, ground-launched, intermediate-range missile systems, which would enable the United States to defend ourselves and our allies, should the Russian Federation not return to compliance.”
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