On December 12, 2019, the United States conducted a test of an intermediate-range missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Such a missile would have violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, signed by Presidents Reagan and Gorbachev in 1987 and dissolved by President Trump in 2019.
Rick Wayman, Deputy Director of the Santa Barbara-based Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, said:
“Intermediate-range missiles were banned by the US and Soviet Union in 1987 for good reason: they were considered too risky, even by people who thought they could ‘win’ a nuclear war with only a few tens of millions of casualties on their side. It is difficult to believe that a treaty painstakingly negotiated by Reagan and Gorbachev during peak US-USSR tensions could be so carelessly discarded well into the 21st century. But here we are, in the new abnormal, where diplomacy has no seat at the table and threats to human civilization are presented as points of pride. As Americans, we must take a deep look in the mirror and ask ourselves if this is who we want to be as a nation.”
For additional comment, contact Rick Wayman at +1 805 696 5159.
Cover photo is a still from a video by Michael Stonecypher, published by USAF 30th Space Wing Public Affairs.