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Gorbachev slams Trump's 'lack of wisdom' in dumping nuclear treaty

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Mikhail Gorbachev says US President Trump's plan to withdraw from a key Cold War nuclear weapons treaty is a reversal of efforts to achieve nuclear disarmament.

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Sunday slammed as unwise a decision by US President Donald Trump to quit a nuclear arms treaty he signed with the late Ronald Reagan in 1987.

"Is it really so hard to understand that dropping these agreements... shows a lack of wisdom?" 87-year-old Gorbachev said in an interview with Interfax news agency.

Mikhail Gorbachev has slammed Mr Trump's decision.
Mikhail Gorbachev has slammed Mr Trump's decision.
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"Getting rid of the treaty is a mistake," he said, stressing that officials "absolutely must not tear up old agreements on disarmament."

"All the agreements aimed at nuclear disarmament and limitation of nuclear arms must be preserved to save life on Earth," he said.

Mr Trump said Russia had been "violating [the INF] for many years".
Mr Trump said Russia had been "violating [the INF] for many years".
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Trump confirmed Saturday that the United States plans to leave the three-decade-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, known as the INF.

Gorbachev warned that Trump's move would "undermine all the efforts put in by the Soviet leadership and by the US itself to reach nuclear disarmament."

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