January 31, 2019 / 9:16 AM / 7 months ago

U.S. likely to announce suspension of INF treaty obligations: U.S. official

U.S. Under-Secretary of State Andrea Thompson (C) and the U.S. delegation attend a Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) conference with the UN Security Council's five permanent members (P5) China, France, Russia, Britain, and U.S., in Beijing, China, January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/Pool

BEIJING (Reuters) - The U.S. government will likely announce the suspension of its obligations under the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Russia in coming days, after bilateral talks failed to make headway, a senior U.S. official told Reuters.

“The Russians still aren’t in acknowledgment that they are in violation of the treaty,” U.S. Under-Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs Andrea Thompson told Reuters in an interview.

Thompson added, however, that “diplomacy is never done” and she anticipated more discussions.

Reporting by Michael Martina; writing by Beijing Monitoring Desk; Editing by Robert Birsel

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