UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The United States began testing ground-based medium-range cruise missiles. This happened immediately after Russia and the United States broke the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty).
The agreement entered into force in 1988, and for nearly 30 years no such tests have been carried out. It cannot be denied that Washington has embarked on a new arms race.
In this regard, Russia announced a response: it will resume the development of short- and medium-range missiles. Russian President Vladimir Putin emphasized that this is a new threat to Russia.
During an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, a conflict occurred between Russia and the United States. We are seriously worried that competition in missile development will intensify.
Washington emphasized that Russia is deploying new missiles, the range of which violates the provisions of the INF Treaty, and this served as an occasion for the US to unilaterally withdraw from the treaty.
However, they tested only 16 days after the cancellation of the INF Treaty. This suggests that the development began long before that. You cannot blame only Russia.
The United States tested the new Tomahawk cruise missile model, which can now be launched not only from the sea, but also from land. A non-nuclear warhead is mounted on it.
These missiles can also be used in Aegis Ashore systems, which were deployed in eastern Europe and which Japan plans to deploy.
It is worrying that the Trump administration has expressed its intention to deploy such missiles in Asia. Most likely, America’s goal is to contain China.
The PRC, which was not part of the INF Treaty, is developing medium-range missiles; it has new missiles in the range of which the American Guam is located, thus posing a threat to the United States.
If Washington continues to deploy missiles using this pretext, there is no doubt that China, Russia, and North Korea will take retaliatory measures. Tensions in East Asia will rise and the situation will be destabilized.
The timing and geography of deployment have not yet been determined, but Australia has already expressed a negative attitude towards the installation of missiles in Asia. We do not think deployment will go smoothly.
The Cold War and the start of the arms race taught us a lot. Fear of nuclear war spilled over into the INF Treaty, which the US and USSR leaders decided to sign.
What we need is a structure for disarmament. It is advisable that America and Russia initiate disarmament negotiations, which China will then join. Japan should also contribute to this.
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