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Pentagon goes ahead with ballistic missile test, bringing on deadly arms race

US shuns treaty, sends chilling nuclear message  In the second test since the US pulled out of the INF treaty, the prototype ballistic missile flew more than 500km before crashing into the ocean, Asia Times, By DAVE MAKICHUK  16 Dec 19,  In a sobering doomsday signal to Moscow, Beijing, and Pyongyang, the Pentagon again showed it plans to leave the INF treaty behind and boldly risk sparking a new arms race by launching a prototype ballistic missile that blew past the old pact’s range limits, Breaking Defense reported.

In the second test of its kind since the US pulled out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty in August, the prototype ballistic missile flew more than 500 km before crashing into the ocean, as planned, while “data collected and lessons learned from this test will inform the Department of Defense’s development of future intermediate-range capabilities,” Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Robert Carver said in a statement.

In a previous test conducted just two weeks after withdrawing from the treaty, the Navy launched a Tomahawk Land Attack Cruise Missile from an island off the California coast, marking the first time a missile breached the 500-5,000km range barred by the treaty, putting competitors on notice that the US was ready to push ahead quickly, the report said.

That does not bar prototypes or other research and development work. The Pentagon can keep working on them for the next year, but must submit a report to Congress with an Analysis of Alternatives for a future INF-busting missile.

Lawmakers also want more information on potential basing options in Europe and a rundown of what conversations the Pentagon has had with allies about plans for basing and deployment locations in the future…… https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/12/article/us-shuns-treaty-sends-deadly-nuclear-message/

December 17, 2019 - Posted by | USA, weapons and war

2 Comments »

  1. It is the end of america. They have turned their back on the messes of dangerous old reactors, that have to be closedand massive amounts of uncontained nuclear waste. They will spend trillions on our doom. There will be one or more nuclear accidents soon . It spells the end of radioactive shothole america

    Comment by dt | December 17, 2019 | Reply

  2. You stupid bastards that elected a fascist in the uk are in for a worst fate. They will spend all your tax money, they can ill afford to spend, on new neuclear weapons. They will abandon sellafield till it catches fire . Your shitty reactors will ror till there is an accident because that is cheaper to those morons.There will probably be a nuclear submarine , taht blows-up in a port some where. Your society will degenerate into a living hell. What a bunch of stupid selfish asses. It is already a radioactive-chemical shithole with little humanity. Evil stupoid monkeys

    Comment by dt | December 17, 2019 | Reply


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