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As U.S. pivots to China, nuclear non-proliferation fades into the rearview

It took Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev years to negotiate it, but only a day for the Trump administration to leave behind the hard-fought nuclear arms reduction treaty the U.S. and Russian leaders signed more than 30 years ago.

Twenty-four hours after the U.S. withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the first to eliminate an entire class of weapons, U.S. Secretary of Defence Mark Esper said he’d like to put ground-based, intermediate-range conventional missiles in the Asia-Pacific region within months.

It confirmed what many had suspected was the motivation for…

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