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'Republicans are pushing wasteful and dangerous plans to expand the numbers and capabilities of our arsenal. America has been the major, if imperfect, force behind the restraints that exist. If it abandons that role there will be little to stop Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Iran and North Korea from plowing ahead. The I.N.F. Treaty violation is complicated by other tensions. But America and its NATO allies can respond to it without a costly and unnecessary new missile that allies are likely to oppose. Also, a decision by the U.S. to abandon the treaty would destroy a pillar of arms control, erode support for other treaties & raise further doubts about Washington’s commitments, already damaged by Trump’s repudiation of the Paris climate accord. The I.N.F. Treaty has a mechanism for resolving disputes, and the U.S., backed by its allies, should pursue a solution in that forum.'