Russia and China asked the United Nations Security Council to meet Thursday on "statements by U.S. officials about their plans to develop and deploy mid-range missiles."
Moscow and Beijing want to convene a 15-member council on an item on the agenda for "threats to international peace and security" and have asked UN Disarmament Chief Izumi Nakamitsu to inform the body, according to a request received by Reuters news agency.
On Monday, the United States Department of Defense announced that it had tested a conventionally tuned missile that struck its target after more than 500 km, the first such test since the United States pulled out of the mid-range nuclear power treaty. the Cold War (INF).
US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper was asked in an interview with Fox News Channel on Wednesday whether the test was aimed at sending a message to China, Russia or North Korea and indicated that China's primary concern.
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"We want to make sure that we, as we should, have the ability to deter China's bad behavior by having
Esper said in a visit to Australia this month that he supported the deployment of medium-range missiles in Asia relatively soon.
Esper was also asked about this month's missile test in Russia, which US officials believe is linked to the Kremlin's cruise missile program.
"Obviously, they are trying to expand their strategic nuclear arsenal to deal with the US," he said, adding that all such new weapons would need to be included in any future strategic arms reduction treaty.
"Russia may now have nuclear … INF cruise missiles targeting Europe, and this is not good," he said.
"New arms race"  Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that the United States is in a position to deploy a new land rocket in Romania and Poland, a scenario he considers a threat Moscow will have to respond to.
The United States has no plans to deploy new missiles. new land missiles in Europe.
The end of US and Russian arms control?
This week, the US test would be banned under the INF, which banned base-based missiles with a range between 310 and 3400 miles, which reduced the ability of the United States and Russia to launch a nuclear strike in the short term.
for the INF and has a large arsenal of ground-based, medium-range missiles.
Washington formally withdrew from the famous 1987 pact with Russia on August 2 after finding Moscow in breach of the treaty, an accusation that The Kremlin denied.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Gen Shuang said that n On Tuesday, a US test showed Washington was launching a new arms race and confrontation that would have a serious negative impact on regional and global security.
A North Korean spokesman said Thursday that the US test and plans to deploy F-35 aircraft and offensive military equipment around the Korean Peninsula were "dangerous" moves that would "trigger a new Cold War" in the region.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon announced Thursday that it is effectively pulling the plug effectively The Better Weapon Project, which will destroy incoming rockets of billions of dollars, [$ 15659004] The Pentagon spent nearly $ 1.2 billion on the project when Michael Griffin , the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, decided last week to end it. In May, he ordered Boeing to suspend his work, pending a decision on the way forward.
"Completing the program was the responsible thing," Griffin said in a statement Wednesday.
The Pentagon is considering whether to start designing missiles for defense against intercontinental-range ballistic missiles, such as those seeking North Korea, and emerging rockets.
One indication of this greater concern is the Pentagon's statement that it will now invite competition in the industry to develop a "new generation interceptor" – a potential weapon capable of picking up hypersonic missiles developed by China and Russia.