February 1, 2019
San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States will start the formal process to withdraw of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which bans ground-launched cruise missiles from 500 to 5500 kilometers:
“The Trump Administration is risking an arms race and undermining international security and stability.
“Russia’s brazen noncompliance with this treaty is deeply concerning, but discarding a key pillar of our nonproliferation security framework creates unacceptable risks. The Administration should exhaust every diplomatic effort and work closely with NATO allies over the next six months to avoid thrusting the United States into a dangerous arms competition.
“We must be strong, smart and strategic to keep America safe.”