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