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IPFS News Link • Foreign Policy

Are Trump and Putin Opening Pandora's Box?

• by Theodore Postol

The American threat to withdraw from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty, which prohibits possession of missiles capable of striking targets at ranges from about 300 to 3,400 miles, will have similar consequences for humanity if it is also executed in spite of warnings and without considering the consequences. One particularly difficult aspect of this situation is that the Russians and the Americans each accuse the other of flouting the treaty's purpose in Europe by planning for, or deploying, nuclear-capable weaponry that could have a dual use — defensive on its face but potentially offensive after quick modification. It is fair to say that each side has given the other a reason to fear its ultimate intent and that Americans must take the Russian position seriously.