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Trump: US To Increase Nuclear Arsenal 'Until People Come To Their Senses'

President Trump said the nuclear build-up was a threat to China and Russia.

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President Trump recently announced that he intends to pull America out of a landmark nuclear weapons treaty (Picture: PA).

President Donald Trump says the United States will increase its nuclear arsenal "until people come to their senses".

The Kremlin says it is concerned about President Trump’s decision at the weekend to pull out of the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, signed by the United States and the Soviet Union in 1987, which Mr Trump claims Russia has violated.

The US has accused Russia of breaking the treaty – a charge the Kremlin denies.

Mr Trump told reporters outside the White House: "Until people come to their senses, we will build it up.

"Russia has not adhered to the agreement. This should’ve been done years ago."

When asked if it was a threat to Vladimir Putin, the US President replied: "It’s a threat to whoever you want. And it includes China, and it includes Russia, and it includes anybody else that wants to play that game.

"You can’t do that. You can’t play that game on me."

"They have not adhered to the spirit of that agreement, or to the agreement itself — Russia," he continued.

"China is not included in the agreement. They should be included in the agreement.

A spokesperson for President Putin said US withdrawal from the nuclear weapons treaty would "make the world a more dangerous place".

Andrei Belousov, deputy director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Department of Nonproliferation and Arms Control, told the United Nations on Monday that Russia is "especially concerned" by Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review, which allows for new US nuclear weapons.

He added that Russia wanted "appropriate conditions" that would allow "us to take practical measures to free the world from nuclear weapons".

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The Kremlin said Russia wants a world without nuclear weapons (Picture: PA).

A spokeswoman for the European Union urged both parties to preserve the treaty and said it had:

"Contributed to the end of the Cold War, to the end of the nuclear arms race and is one of the cornerstones of European security architecture".

NATO expressed concern that Russia's nuclear-capable 9M729 system breached the 1987 agreement since last year and a spokeswoman for the organisation said:

"In the absence of any credible answer from Russia on this new missile, allies believe that the most plausible assessment would be that Russia is in violation of the INF Treaty".

Donald Trump's national security adviser is meeting Russia's defence minister in Moscow just a few days after Mr Trump announced that he intends to pull America out of the nuclear weapons treaty.

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu lauded US National Security Adviser John Bolton over his two-day visit.

Russian news agencies quoted Mr Shoigu as saying that "even small steps will benefit our relations and help restore trust" between the two countries.

Mr Bolton arrived in Russia on Monday when he met Security Council chairman Nikolai Patrushev.

He is expected to hold talks with President Vladimir Putin later on Tuesday.