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USA: 'It's a threat to whoever you want' - Trump on arms treaty withdrawal01:26

USA: 'It's a threat to whoever you want' - Trump on arms treaty withdrawal

United States, Washington DC
October 22, 2018 at 22:25 GMT +00:00 · Published

US President Donald Trump said "it's a threat to whoever you want" when asked if his pledge to build up the US nuclear arsenal was a threat to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Washington DC on Monday.

"It's a threat to whoever you want and it includes China and it includes Russia and it includes anybody else that wants to play that game. You can't do that. You can't play that game on me," Trump said.

Trump vowed to continue building up US nuclear capabilities, saying "until people come to their senses, we will build it up. Until people come to their senses. Russia has not adhered to the agreement."

"When they do, then we'll all be smart and we'll all stop. And, by the way, not only stop, we'll reduce, which I would love to do," Trump added.

Trump confirmed on Saturday that the US is going to unilaterally withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which was signed by former US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. The treaty banned both nuclear and conventional missiles with ranges between 500 and 1000 km (310-620 miles). Washington has accused Russia of violating the treaty.

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US President Donald Trump said "it's a threat to whoever you want" when asked if his pledge to build up the US nuclear arsenal was a threat to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Washington DC on Monday.

"It's a threat to whoever you want and it includes China and it includes Russia and it includes anybody else that wants to play that game. You can't do that. You can't play that game on me," Trump said.

Trump vowed to continue building up US nuclear capabilities, saying "until people come to their senses, we will build it up. Until people come to their senses. Russia has not adhered to the agreement."

"When they do, then we'll all be smart and we'll all stop. And, by the way, not only stop, we'll reduce, which I would love to do," Trump added.

Trump confirmed on Saturday that the US is going to unilaterally withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which was signed by former US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. The treaty banned both nuclear and conventional missiles with ranges between 500 and 1000 km (310-620 miles). Washington has accused Russia of violating the treaty.

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