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LONDON, U.K.—The last time I wrote about the treaty banning "intermediate-range" nuclear missiles was 31 years ago, and I really thought I’d never have to visit that tedious subject again. More fool me. John Bolton, the ideologically rigid and bad-tempered man whom you send when you don’t want a negotiation to succeed, has just been in Moscow to tell the Russians personally that United States President Donald Trump is going to tear up the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF)

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Kerfuffle over Russia-U.S. nuclear arms treaty shows there are idiots on both sides

By Gwynne Dyer       

The Russians have broken the rules by developing and testing land-based cruise missiles, but they haven’t actually deployed them in meaningful numbers, so it's not worth pulling out of the INF treaty.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov meets with U.S. national security adviser John Bolton in Moscow on Oct. 22. Mr. Bolton's boss, U.S. President Donald Trump, said this week he would pull out of a 31-year-old nuclear arms treaty with Russia because he said Russia had violated it. Photograph courtesy of the Russian Foreign Ministry
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