President Trump’s plan to pull out of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Russia opens the door to a new arms race, asserts Alexander Gillespie of Al Jazeera. It undoes guidelines that were key in calming tempers and bringing about the end of the Cold War. While Trump claims that Russia had already violated the treaty, it argues that America did so first by placing missiles in Europe. A better solution would be to engage Moscow, rather than pulling out. Trump may hope to draft a new deal that includes China, but this is unlikely to happen in the current political climate of tension with both countries.
President Trump is justified in seeking to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Russia, given that it broke the rules, writes Rich Lowry in the New York Post. After many warnings that didn't yield a response, it was necessary to take a stance. Russia has raised eyebrows since 2008, violating the treaty’s terms repeatedly since then. Additionally, the INF didn’t limit any other countries, which has allowed China to amass a huge and diverse nuclear arsenal. New guidelines are needed that limits its nuclear expansions, too. Trump is right to pull out, as Russia’s cheating meant only American was adhering to the rules.