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U.S. to test missiles banned under treaty with Russia

President Trump has accused Russia of not honoring the arms pact.
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The Pentagon plans to begin testing missiles banned by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia that is expected to formally end soon, the Associated Press first reported Wednesday.

The details: President Trump announced in October his intention to withdraw from the treaty because he said Russia was not honoring the agreement. Russia then formally suspended its part of the pact, and the U.S. formally withdrew from it on February 1. The treaty is set to end in August, when the Pentagon plans to test a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of about 600 miles, U.S. military officials who are prevented from being named under Pentagon ground rules told reporters. They plan to test a midrange ballistic missile with an approximate range of 1,800 to 2,500 miles in November.

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