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Treaty Cheating: Russia said to be violating 1987 missile accord with US

Russia is engaged in a major violation of the terms of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with the United States by building a new medium-range missile banned under the accord, according to U.S. intelligence officials. 

Disclosure of the treaty violation comes as President Barack Obama last week called for a new round of arms negotiations with Moscow aimed at cutting deployed nuclear warheads by one-third. 

Intelligence officials said internal assessments identified Russia's new Yars M missile that was tested earlier this month as an INF missile with a range of less than 5,500 kilometers. 

"The intelligence community believes it's an intermediate-range missile that [the Russians] have classified as an ICBM because it would violate the INF treaty" if its true characteristics were known, said one official. 

However, Russia is denying its new Yars M missile represents an INF violation. 

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