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Just weeks after Russia nuke treaty rescinded, Pentagon pops off previously banned missile

Have two of the world’s superpowers suddenly found themselves in a deadly international discord?

The New Cold War looks to be heating up this week, much to the dismay of the world at large.

For years, Russia has been skirting all manner of international rules and regulations.  The Kremlin prefers to work within the shadows, unconcerned with what’s best for the rest of the world – or even their own citizens at times.  This has led to international tension, particularly as the Russia Federation works to enhance their military might in ever more dastardly ways.

Now, just days after what it presumed to be a failed nuclear missile test in the Russian arctic, the United States is responding by blasting off a test of their own.

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The Pentagon says the U.S. military has conducted a flight test of a type of missile banned for more than 30 years by a treaty that both the United States and Russia abandoned this month.

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The test off the coast of California on Sunday marks the resumption of an arms competition that some analysts worry could increase U.S.-Russian tensions.

The Trump administration says it remains interested in useful arms control but questions Moscow’s willingness to adhere to its treaty commitments.

The missile traveled over 500 kilometers, and carried a conventional warhead.

Last week’s test in Russia went horribly awry, killing at least 7 nuclear scientists that we know of, and likely endangering hundreds, if not thousands, more.  The disaster is believed to be the worst nuclear catastrophe in Russia since the 1986 explosion and meltdown at Chernobyl.

Both the US and Russia have effectively nullified a treaty that would have likely prevented the Russian disaster.


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