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6 Questions About An Arms Control Treaty On The Rocks

Signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty eliminated an entire class of nuclear weapons. President Trump says he intends to withdraw.
President Ronald Reagan, right, and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in the White House East Room on December 8, 1987. Source: AFP

Christmas shopping was in full tilt the day Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sat down at the White House alongside Ronald Reagan to sign what seemed a harbinger of the end of the Cold War: the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

"Trust, but verify," intoned the American president to his Soviet counterpart.

That trust proffered in a season of giving is now collapsing.

"We're the ones that have stayed in the agreement and we've honored the agreement," President Trump told reporters in Nevada

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