Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

ISIS has seized 700 hostages in Syria: Putin

ISIS has seized 700 hostages in Syria: Putin

The United States is going to unilaterally withdraw from a decades-old treaty with Russian Federation that bans a wide array of nuclear weapons, US President Donald Trump has said.

Withdrawing from the INF treaty could have major implications for US defense policy in Asia and toward its main strategic rival there, China, with which Trump is engaged in a trade war.

"We'll have to develop those weapons, unless Russian Federation comes to us and China comes to us and they all come to us and say 'let's really get smart and let's none of us develop those weapons, ' but if Russia's doing it and if China's doing it, and we're adhering to the agreement, that's unacceptable", he said.

The deal banned ground-launched medium-range missiles, with a range of between 500 and 5,500km (310-3,400 miles).

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks to reporters as he announces that the U.S. will pull out of a treaty with Iran during a news conference in the White House briefing room in Washington earlier this month. Because China was not a signatory to the treaty, it has faced no limits on developing intermediate-range nuclear missiles.

He added that ISIS was expanding its control in territory controlled by USA and US -backed forces in Syria.

The State Department has for some time held the position that the in compliance with the treaty - while Russian Federation is not. "Others are planning to start testing them within the next 1 to 2 years, and we already have them on duty".

While in Moscow, Bolton will emphasize the importance of maintaining United Nations sanctions against North Korea to keep pressure on Pyongyang to eliminate its nuclear weapons program.

White House national security adviser John Bolton leaves on a trip to Russian Federation and the Caucasus on October 20 amid reports that Washington is moving toward withdrawing from a bedrock Cold War-era nuclear arms control treaty that it has accused Russian Federation of violating.

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