‘Giant Mistake’: Reagan’s Secretary of State Condemns US Withdrawal From INF Treaty With Russia

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The former top diplomat criticised the Trump administration’s apparent “allergy” to international accords, but yet supported Washington’s decision to ditch the nuclear deal with Iran. The latter subsequently prompted a spike in nuclear fuel production and enrichment by Tehran.

Former Secretary of State and one of the people behind the signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in 1987, George Shultz, said in an interview with The New York Times that he regrets Washington’s decision to withdraw from a Reagan-era missile accord with Russia.

He called the decision an error in judgement by the Trump administration and argued that the INF Treaty had made the world safer because it eliminated an entire class of nuclear armaments by prohibiting the development and the production of missiles operating in ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometres, as well as their launchers. The former top diplomat expressed hope that another arms control deal, the New START will not meet the same fate.

Shultz went on to criticise other similar moves made by the current administration, suggesting it has an “allergy” to international accords. The former Secretary of State suggested in a freshly released book called “A Hinge of History: Governance in an Emerging New World”, that such an approach comes at a focal point in history, when cooperation between states is essential for making much-needed changes in a number of…

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