Pentagon tests missile previously banned under the INF treaty

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Washington has conducted its first test of a missile that was previously banned under the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, INF, after the U.S. President Donald Trump's administration formally withdrew from the treaty on August 2.

On August 18, the Pentagon conducted a flight test of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile from San Nicolas Island, California.

In a statement sent to Newsweek, a Pentagon spokesperson said that the missile "was a variant of the Tomahawk Land Attack Missile."

The test missile was launched from a ground mobile launcher and precisely hit its target after flying more than 500 kilometers, according to a news release by the U.S. Department of Defense.

The Pentagon said that it intends to begin testing of another non-nuclear ballistic missile with an estimated range of around 3,000 to 4,000 kilometers.

The U.S. Department of Defense said in a news release that data collected from this missile test will "inform our development of future intermediate-range capabilities."

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Missile being launched and a map of where it was launched
2. Missile in the sky
3. Range of the missile
4. A non-nuclear ballistic missile and its estimated range
5. INF treaty, flag of the former U.S.S.R. and the U.S.
6. The treaty bans missiles with a certain range

VOICEOVER (in English):
"On August 18, the Pentagon conducted a flight test of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile from San Nicolas Island, California."

"In a statement sent to Newsweek, a Pentagon spokesperson said that the missile 'was a variant of the Tomahawk Land Attack Missile.'"

"According to a news release by the U.S. Department of Defense, the test missile was launched from a ground mobile launcher and precisely hit its target after flying more than 500 kilometers."

"Citing the Pentagon, the Associated Press reports that the missile used a conventional warhead, not a nuclear warhead."

"According to the U.S. Navy, the Tomahawk Land Attack Missile has a range of around 1,600 kilometers."

"The Pentagon said that it intends to begin testing of another non-nuclear ballistic missile with an estimated range of around 3,000 to 4,000 kilometers."

"The Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF, was signed between the Soviet Union and the U.S. 30 years ago."

"The treaty banned the use of nuclear and non-nuclear missiles between the ranges of 500 and 5,500 kilometers."

SOURCES: The Associated Press, U.S. Department of Defense, Defense News, U.S. Department of State, CNN, Newsweek, U.S. Navy, The Guardian, https://apnews.com/a21db991b4004d14a40c6d095ad9dda5
https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Releases/Release/Article/1937624/dod-conducts-ground-launch-cruise-missile-test/
https://www.defensenews.com/pentagon/2019/08/19/pentagon-tests-first-land-based-cruise-missile-in-a-post-inf-treaty-world/
https://www.state.gov/u-s-withdrawal-from-the-inf-treaty-on-august-2-2019/
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/19/politics/test-ground-launch-cruise-missile/index.html
https://www.newsweek.com/us-tests-missile-banned-decades-ignoring-warnings-russia-1455083
https://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=2200&tid=1300&ct=2
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/04/us-inf-russia-nuclear-treaty-deadline