Meanwhile, the top U.S. diplomat said Washington would reconside

 its pulling-out decision in the following months if Russia could take actions toward what t

he United States regards as bringing the country back into compliance with the treaty.

Washington and Moscow have been accusing each other of violating the historic deal on t

he elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles. The agreement marked the first-eve

r pact reached by the two sides on nuclear disarmament and a major step forward in restricting arms race.

In early December, Pompeo sent an “ultimatum” to

Moscow concerning the INF, saying that the United States would susp

end its obligations under the pact in 60 days unless Russia returns to full compliance with the agreement.

Washington’s latest move has generated concerns and criticism inside and outside America.

“The Trump Administration is risking an arms race and undermining inte

rnational security and stability,” said U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a statement.

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