US President Donald Trump has confirmed that the United States will "terminate" the nuclear deal with Russia, saying that the latter has violated the nuclear weapons treaty agreement.
"Russia has not adhered to the agreement. So we are going to terminate the agreement," Trump told reporters in Elko, Nevada, on Saturday.
Trump was referring to the 1987 US-Russia nuclear weapons treaty. He claimed that Russia has been violating the landmark agreement for several years.
"Russia has violated the agreement. They've been violating it for many years. I don't know why president (Barack) Obama didn't negotiate or pull out. And we're not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and go out and do weapons (while) we're not allowed to," Trump said.
The US-Russia nuclear weapons treaty titled - Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty (INF) - was signed in 1987 by the then two country presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.
The INF banned ground-launch nuclear missiles with ranges from 500 km to 5,500 km, leading to the illimination of nearly 2,700 short- and medium-range missiles. And the treaty that ended the dangerous standoff between US and Soviet kept nuclear missiles out of Europe for three decades.
(With inputs from agencies)