Ex-senator, Obama Energy chief rip Trump for ending Russia arms treaty: 'Sleepwalking toward a nuclear disaster’
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Former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) and former Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE’s decision to withdraw from the decades old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in an opinion piece for Politico Magazine.

“The U.S. and Russia are sleepwalking toward a nuclear disaster, and America’s best hope of avoiding catastrophe is reengaging with Russia now—with Congress taking the lead,” they wrote.

Nunn and Moniz argued that worsening relations between the U.S. and Russia could have grave consequences and proposed that Congress work to “establish a working bridge between the Trump administration and Congress on Russia and nuclear policy” and “increase its dialogue with Russian legislative, business and civic leaders.”


Trump announced Friday that the U.S. will withdraw from INF treaty. Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump calls on foreign countries to protect their own oil tankers Trump to travel to South Korea The Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck MORE said the decision was driven by Russian noncompliance.

“Russia has refused to take any steps to return to real and verifiable compliance over these 60 days,” he said. “The United States will therefore suspend its obligations under the INF Treaty effective Feb. 2, and we will provide Russia and the other treaty parties with formal notice that the United States is withdrawing from the INF Treaty effective in six months pursuant to Article 15 of the treaty.”

Since 2014, the U.S. has accused Russia of violating the INF treaty, which prohibits ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers. Russia denies the accusations.

Former President Reagan and former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed the treaty in 1987.