President Donald Trump said the United States is ready to bolster its nuclear arsenal after announcing it is abandoning a Cold War nuclear treaty, as Russia warned that the withdrawal could paralyze world security.
Trump aroused worldwide concern by saying he wanted to get rid of the three-decade-old Intermediate Reach Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) signed by former US President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader.
In explaining his decision, Trump told reporters in Washington that Russia "had not adhered to the spirit of that agreement or the agreement itself."
"Until people become aware, we will build it," he said, referring to the country's nuclear reserve. "This should have been done years ago.
"It is a threat to whoever you want, and it includes China, and it includes Russia," the president of the United States continued. "And it includes any other person who wants to play that game, you can not do that, you can not play that game.
"Until they become smart, there will be no one to approach us."
Blow to safety
However, Russia warned that abandoning the agreement would be a major blow to world security.
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Moscow was ready to work with the United States to rescue the agreement, the Russian Security Council said after a meeting between its chief Nikolai Patrushev and US national security adviser John Bolton.
Bolton, who is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, visited Moscow after Trump's announcement on Saturday that he wants to get rid of the pact, which prohibits intermediate-range nuclear and conventional missiles.
Signed in 1987, the INF resolved a crisis by Soviet-tipped ballistic missiles aimed at western capitals.
Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, rejected claims that Moscow violated the pact, rather than accusing Washington of doing so, and considered that Bolton's next meeting with Putin is important.
"There are more questions than answers," he told reporters.
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Trump's announcement has raised global concerns, with the European Commission urging the United States and Russia to continue talks to preserve the treaty, and China is asking Washington to "think twice".
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said a unilateral withdrawal from the treaty "will have a multitude of negative effects."
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Analysts warn that the latest break between Moscow and Washington could have unfortunate consequences, dragging Russia into a new arms race.
Putin, last week, looked up saying that the Russians would "go to heaven" in the event of a nuclear war and that Moscow would not use nuclear weapons first.
"The aggressor will have to understand that reprisals are inevitable, that they will be destroyed and that we, as victims of aggression, as martyrs, will go to heaven," he said.
Putin and Trump will be in Paris, France, on November 11 to attend the commemorations that will commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War.