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'Don't Mess With American Elections': Bolton Says United States Is Out Of INF Treaty

'Don't Mess With American Elections': Bolton Says United States Is Out Of INF Treaty Read Transcript

- For years, the United States has claimed

Russia has violated the INF Treaty

for developing and deployingmedium-range nuclear missiles.

At a press conference in Moscow,

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton

said that the U.S. is withdrawingfrom the 30 year treaty.

- This is not a subjectthat arose yesterday.

This question of Russianviolations is long and deep.

- [Erik] Bolton said aformal withdraw notice

has yet to be filed,

but he did refer to six yearsof U.S. State Department

reports that showed Russia's violations.

Prior to the announcement,

Bolton said a variety of topicswere discussed in meetings,

including Russia'sinterference in U.S. elections.

- I can say we're obviously monitoring

potential foreigninterference in our elections

across the board very closely.

We have two weeks togo until the election.

I hope there isn't any meddling at all.

- [Erik] News reports out of Moscow,

claim Putin told Bolton hewants to continue a dialog

with President Trump.

- Russia has not adhered to the agreement.

This should have been done years ago.

Until people come to their senses,

we have more money thananybody else by far.

We'll build it up.

- [Erik] Putin mentionedpossibly meeting Trump

on November 11th, when thetwo leaders are in Paris

to commemorate the 100th anniversary

of the end of World War I.

INF stands for IntermediateNuclear Forces.

The treaty was signed in 1987by President Ronald Reagan

and Soviet Union Leader Mikhail Gorbachev,

when the two super powers weretrying to end the Cold War.

Putin recently made what some are calling

are troubling remarks abouta possible nuclear war.

- [Interpreter] Theiraggressors should know

that a retaliation is inevitableand they will be destroyed.

And we will be the victims of aggression

and rise to the heavens as martyrs,

and they will just drop dead.

- [Erik] Hudson InstituteSenior Fellow Richard Weitz

feels by leaving this treaty,

it opens up other lines of communication

for both Russia and the United States.

- President Trump is searching

for an out-of-the-box approachto some of these issues,

and he may want to considerhaving an arms control treaty

with Russia that would include

both the intermediate-rangemissiles and the larger ones,

but on the common ceiling.

So Russia can keep themissile it's developing

but then they'd have justfewer of the longer range ones.

- Some national security experts

believe the INF Treaty putthe U.S. at a disadvantage.

Take for instance China, whowas not part of the agreement.

The country has seen asurge in missile build up

even hypersonic missiles.

The U.S. is now in theprocess of stepping up

it's hypersonic research.

This year, the Air Forceawarded $1.4 billion

in contracts to Lockheed Martin

to develop air-launchedhypersonic weapons.

Erik Rosales, CBN News, Washington.


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