August 19, 2019 / 4:41 PM / 3 months ago

After INF treaty exit, US tests ground-launched cruise missile

WASHINGTON, Aug 19 (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Monday that it had tested a conventionally-configured ground-launched cruise missile that hit its target after more than 500 km (310 miles) of flight, the first such test since the United States pulled out of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).

In a statement, the Pentagon said the test took place on Sunday at San Nicolas Island, California.

The United States formally withdrew from a landmark 1987 nuclear missile pact with Russia earlier this month after determining that Moscow was violating the treaty, an accusation the Kremlin has denied.

Reporting by Idrees Ali Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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