U.S. Tells Russia It's Pulling Out of 1987 Nuclear Treaty

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Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbatchev (L) and US President Ronald Reagan sign a treaty eliminating US and Soviet intermediate-range and shorter-range nuke missiles on December 8 1987.  (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

National Security Advisor John Bolton announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. The treaty was signed by President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1986 and is credited with easing the threat of nuclear war. The White House says Russia has been violating the treaty and that it is useless without China's participation. But critics warn that withdrawing from the treaty will accelerate a new, dangerous nuclear arms race.


Michael McFaul, director, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University; former U.S ambassador to Russia; author, "From Cold War to Hot Peace"

Matthew Kroenig, deputy director for strategy, Scowcraft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council