>> Moscow is condemning US President Donald Trump's plan to exit a cold war era nuclear treaty as, quote, very dangerous. And suggests Russia may be forced to retaliate with a new atomic arms race.>> Yeah, Russia has violated the agreement. They've been violating it for many years.>> US authorities believe Russia's already started the race.
They say Moscow's developing a ground launched ballistic missile system in breach of the treaty. The agreement's called the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and was negotiated by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet counterpart, Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. It requires the elimination of short range and intermediate range nuclear and conventional missiles by both countries.
>> Unless Russia comes to us and China comes to us and they all come to us and they say, let's really get smart and let's none of us develop those weapons, I would be extremely happy with that. But as long as somebody is violating that agreement, then we're not gonna be the only one to adhere to it.
I think you understand that.>> China never was part of the agreement and Russia has consistently denied any such violations. But regardless Trump say the United States will develop similar weapons unless Russia agrees to halt on development. It would be the latest of several major international treaties that the White House has pulled out of since Trump took office including the Paris climate accords and several trade agreements.
Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, is set to visit Moscow next week.