US plans August test of long-banned type of missile

March 13, 2019 - 1:58 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. defense officials say they are planning an initial test in August of a type of cruise missile that has been banned by treaty for more than 30 years.

By August the Trump administration is expected to have withdrawn from the 1987 treaty that outlaws testing and deployment of ground-launched missiles of a certain range.

Democrats in Congress have questioned the wisdom of leaving the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, while accepting U.S. allegations that Russia is violating it by deploying a cruise missile that can target American allies in Europe.

In February, the Trump administration suspended its participation in the treaty, giving it legal room to begin making parts for the non-nuclear missile to be tested in August. Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin followed suit and suspended Russian participation.

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