The US Nuclear Arsenal - Photo by Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The world was shocked by the plan of the United States (US) to withdraw its country from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty agreement agreed with Russia in 1987. The plan to end the agreement was delivered by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday (02/01).

He claimed Russia had violated the agreement by developing nuclear weapons and missiles. US could stay as the member, he added, if Russia and China, is committed not to develop nuclear weapons or missiles. While Russia has denied all US allegations.

The communist country accused the US’ motivation to become a global superpower that strongly encourages this decision. Apart from these US-Russian accusations, the American decision to leave the INF Treaty was a strong blow to the entire system of strategic stability in the world.

This decision has the potential to trigger a arms development race in the medium-range missile technology sector. Though the middle world is in an effort to disarm and encourage the cessation of weapons production both in terms of quantity and technology.

The US’ decision will have a serious impact, especially now Washington is urging North Korea to carry out denuclearization. How does Kim Jong Un obey the US, if President Donald Trump himself cannot stop his ego from developing nuclear.

We hope there is a good solution for North Korea and Iran’ nuclear issue, which always threatens world security. You can imagine if the world is competing to develop nuclear weapons. A world that has a lot of conflict and war is increasingly insecure.

Developed countries such as China, who also building the nuclear submarines, also increasingly enthusiastic about escalate their nuclear capabilities. Japan, India and Pakistan, which are struggling to develop nuclear technology, are increasingly unable to control. Even European countries will react.

We believed, if the situation continues, the world will return to the cold war era. Moreover, the absence of an agreement to curb nuclear development, made good news for world terrorists. They will easily destroy this world with nuclear.

Therefore the world must not remain silent. The main US allies in Europe are actually responsible for pressuring the country to return to INF Treaty agreement. Europe must be able to show the influence of maintaining global security stability.

The same pressure can be made by Middle Eastern, African and Asian countries. Nuclear problems are not trivial. Nuclear is a serious threat to the existence of this world. If the world is united to pressure the US, it is not impossible that Trump can cancel his decision.

Indonesia, through the Minister for Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, for an example, called on the US to go through negotiations and verification of violations alleged to have been carried out by Russia. Even according to Democrat politician Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, as a member of the G20 and the largest country in ASEAN, Indonesia has the right and must be active in voicing a peaceful world, free from nuclear weapons.

Regarding allegations of violations committed by Russia, in article XIII INF there is a verification mechanism by special commissioners of verification, said Marsudi.

It was discovered that INF Treaty agreement was signed by Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. INF forbade the two countries to own, produce or test land cruise missiles with a range of 500-5,500 kilometers.

Written by Lexy Nantu, Email: theinsiderstories@gmail.com