On December, Foreign Secretary Mike Pompeo declared Russia a “material violation” of the treaty. The Trump administration officially announced on February 2 to other states parties that it would both suspend its treaty obligations and withdraw from the agreement in six months – in accordance with the terms of the treaty – and that it would “terminate” the agreement, unless Russia returns to compliance by eliminating its 9M729 missiles on the ground. Salt II was a series of discussions between American and Soviet negotiators from 1972 to 1979 aimed at limiting the production of strategic nuclear weapons. It was an extension of the SALT I discussions and was led by representatives of both countries. Salt II was the first nuclear weapons treaty to reduce in real terms the strategic forces to 2,250 of all categories of carrier vehicles on both sides. .
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