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The US conducts its first test of a medium-range ballistic missile after its departure from the INF treaty

August 19, 2019

Intermediate ballistic missile test of the United States – US DEFENSE DEPARTMENT


The United States has reported on Monday a test with an intermediate-range ballistic missile, the first one to be carried out after its exit from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) signed with the Soviet Union in 1987 and in force until 2 August this year, when Washington made his exit effective after accusing Russia of failing to comply.

The Pentagon has published a statement in which it reports a “test flight of a cruise missile launched from the ground and with a conventional configuration from the island of San Nicol├ís, in California.”

“The test missile took off from the mobile land shuttle and accurately impacted its target after more than 500 kilometers of flight. The data collected and the lessons learned in this test will help in the development of intermediate range capabilities of the Department of Defense “, explains the text.

The United States completed that day its withdrawal from an agreement – signed by Washington and Moscow in 1987 – that Russia had already stopped applying on its part, given Moscow's refusal to destroy its SSC-8 missiles, that the United States and NATO say they contravene the Treaty.

Russia has denied from the outset that it has breached any aspect of the agreement and argues that the SSC-8 does not include the vetoed range. The treaty, signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorvachov, banned missiles with a range of between 500 and 5,500 kilometers and thus removed the ghost of a nuclear bomb launched without the option of interception against capitals of the rival bloc.