US to Pull Out of Major Nuclear Arms Control Treaty With Russia

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Russian Defence Ministry officials show off the Russia's 9M729 cruise missile at the military Patriot Park outside Moscow on January 23, 2019. Moscow insisted the range of a missile system that has prompted Washington to say it will withdraw from a key Cold War arms treaty is allowed under the agreement.  (Photo: Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images)

The State Department announced Friday that the U.S. is suspending the landmark 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, claiming that Russia violated the treaty "without remorse." Full U.S. withdrawal will take place in six months, unless Russia dismantles what the administration calls objectionable missile programs. We'll talk about the national security implications of the withdrawal, and we'll analyze the intelligence community's recently issued "Worldwide Threat Assessment."


Josh Meyer, national security reporter

Michael McFaul, director, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University; former U.S. ambassador to Russia