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US exit from INF will fuel global nuclear proliferation: Analyst

America's announced withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Russia will fuel nuclear proliferation and has turned the US into a “rogue state,” says a political analyst in California.

The US withdrawal is a desperate attempt to save a “dying empire by rattling its sabers while it decays internally” and as it suffers from severe domestic crises, said Rodney Martin, a former congressional staffer based in Los Angeles.

“What’s most dangerous about this is the fact that the United States is engaging in nuclear proliferation,” Martin told Press TV on Friday.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that Washington will suspend compliance with the INF treaty on Saturday and formally withdraw in six months if Moscow does not end its alleged violation of the pact.

The United States would reconsider its withdrawal if Russia came into compliance with the treaty, Pompeo told reporters at the State Department.

INF requires the US and Russia to eliminate all their nuclear and conventional missiles with ranges of 1,000–5,500 km (620–3,420 mi). It also bans either side from stationing short- and intermediate-range, land-based missiles in Europe.

The accord was signed towards the end of Cold War in 1987 between former US President Ronald Reagan and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

The US argues that Russia has jeopardized the treaty for years by deploying ground-launched missiles that fall within the banned range.

Russia has denied violating the agreement and has accused the US instead of breaking the deal, adding that a withdrawal from the accord would trigger an arms race.

“Washington’s withdrawal from the INF “is really pushing the United States from a standpoint of being an international bully to outright being a rogue state,” Martin said.

“They use to be using they’re conventional armed forces to threaten and intimidate, now they’re using the threat of nuclear weapons,” he added.

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