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U.S. Defense Secretary Wants To Deploy New Missiles In Asia

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says Washington wants to deploy new ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in Asia soon. Esper’s remarks came a day after the United States and Russia formally withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a 31-year-old landmark nuclear accord between Washington and Moscow. No longer bound by the treaty, Esper said he would “like” to “deploy a capability sooner rather than later” in Asia. Esper, speaking in Australia on August 3, did not specify where the United States intended to deploy these new weapons. "I would prefer months...but these things tend to take longer than you expect," he told reporters. The INF banned the Soviet Union and United States from developing, producing, or deploying ground-launched cruise or ballistic missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers after it was ratified by U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1988...................

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