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this is. from berlin tonight the u.s. issuing an ultimatum to russia over nuclear weapons respects a landmark missile treaty within sixty days or we are else. backing the ultimatum saying that russia has been violating a cold war era nuclear missile treaty. for the latest also coming up france's prime minister backs down on the controversial fuel tax increase he says no tax. unity of the nation. to appease the protesters they have defied all.
good to have you with us tonight the united states is rattling its saber at russia the u.s. and its nato allies say that russia has been violating the landmark one nine hundred eighty seven intermediate range nuclear forces suspend its treaty obligations after a meeting of nato foreign ministers spoke about the wider implications of russia's alleged violations flow russia is responsible for the demise of the treaty and many other states including china north korea and iran are not parties to the i.n.f. treaty this leaves them free to build all the in all the intermediate range missiles that they would like. there is no reason the united states that continue to see this crucial military advantage to rotation has powers like china in
particular when these weapons are being used to threaten and coerce the united states and its allies in asia. that was my home peo they are now home peo and other nato foreign ministers they've been discussing how to save the intermediate range nuclear forces treaty the alliance says that a new russian cruise missile violates that treaty and the treaty has guaranteed europe's security for more than thirty years the kremlin denies that it has breached the pact the bans it bans nuclear armed missiles with a range of five thousand five hundred kilometers. in our next report we showed that the tension between russia and the west is reigniting fears of a new arms race. this is what the drama is about medium range nuclear ballistic missiles that have been on a self imposed by the u.s. and russia since the end of the one nine hundred eighty s.
that may be about to change u.s. authorities believe russia may have developed weapon systems like these in breach of the intermediate range nuclear forces treaty. we're not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement they go out and do weapons that we're not allowed to wear that one said it stayed in the agreement and we bonded a agreement but russia is not fortunately on to the agreement so we're going to terminate a bit we're going to pull out. the kremlin has denied trumps allegations saying it has not produced any missiles that are prohibited by the i.n.f. treaty the i.n.f. treaty was seen as a major breakthrough in nuclear security when it was ratified by former soviet president mikhail gorbachev and u.s. president ronald reagan in one nine hundred eighty seven it came after a tense period of confrontation in the heart of europe. with very short flight times nuclear annihilation of european capitals was only five to fifteen minutes away trump has said the u.s.
will start developing these capabilities again if russia and china don't agree to stop have to develop those weapons unless russia comes to us and china comes to us and they all come to us and they say let's really get smart and let's none of us develop those weapons china is not a signatory of the pact and has been investing heavily in land based missiles now some observers fear it could be joined by russia and the u.s. in a new arms race. folded up used teri schultz is and the nato meeting in brussels good evening to you kerry at that press conference with the u.s. secretary of state. you asked him to explain exactly what these sixty days what he means with these sixty days what's going to happen and what it entailed. that's right brant the sixty days will be a period after which six months will also be weighted before the u.s.
exit is considered final that's required in the treaty itself and this came about largely as a result of pressure by chancellor merkel and by president mcclellan the european leaders wanted more time to give russia one more chance to come into compliance to to say it would destroy this missile system the all the allies agree is breaching the i.n.f. treaty they felt that you know not everything had been tried and that this is just too important a treaty a cornerstone of european security to not give it one last chance and i just spoke with a european diplomat here at nato headquarters who tells me that the expectation is that every leader who has a connection to president putin will be making that that approach saying you really need to do this it's in in the interest of all of us all europeans russians and americans that the i.n.f. treaty is preserved secretary pump aoe said you know we can't bury our heads in the sand anymore so this is really the final straw this is the last chance we can bury our heads in the sea but what happens then after these sixty days what happens if.
the united states leaves this treaty that means basically what we don't even have a treaty or a way of checking each other do. that's right and any arms control expert will tell you that's very dangerous and that's the reason why there are many pressures on the united sensing much more quickly in nuclear weapons than the u.s. than the u.s. which is held by back by the i.n.f. treaty so the u.s. pitched to nato allies even those uncomfortable with nuclear proliferation is saying look the russians already have these missiles wouldn't it be better if your ally if you were protector has advanced missiles as well so you know it's really difficult for. european for european leaders to think about this right now i know that the german and the french were holdouts to the end it trying to keep the i.m.f. together so the sixty days is going to be a high pressure period in which there is going to be a lot of a lot of outreach to to moscow to see if president putin will will even consider scrapping his his new missile system to keep the i.n.f.
alive and we don't really know what happens after that. or the correspondent teri schultz of nato headquarters there in brussels terry thank you. here's some of the other stories now that are making headlines around the world a delegation from yemen's with the rebels is on its way to sweden for you when brokered peace talks there traveling with special envoy martin griffiths seen here in sanaa today there are also reports that yemen's saudi backed government and the whose knees have agreed to swap hundreds of prisoners of war ahead of the negotiations british prime minister to resume is defending her brightside treaty in parliament she faces an uphill battle to secure approval of the deal in next week's vote earlier today in an unprecedented move parliament held mase government in contempt for failing to release a legal report on boxer. mourners have been paying their respects to former u.s. president george h.w. bush members of the public officials who served under bush and his service dog
solemnly filed past the coffin in the rotunda of the u.s. capitol bush died last week at the age of ninety four a state funeral is set for tomorrow or wednesday. or e-mail to france where the government has climbed down from a controversial increase in fuel taxes that after a weekend of rioting that left at least one hundred thirty people injured and caused extensive damage earlier today the french prime minister went on national television to announce that the planned tax hikes would be suspended until next summer but his movement seems to have done little to appease the people protesting . a french school going up in flames these images were filmed in seduce but other images spread on social media showed similar scenes elsewhere. high school students on strike for the second day the students say they want to voice their opposition to education reforms and show support for the yellow vista
protests meanwhile on national t.v. the french prime minister announced the government was suspending planned increases to fuel taxes for six months in response to the nationwide protests that could have another one and xander has deep roots it's been brewing for a long time it's often stayed quiet ounce of discretion or pride. today it is being expressed with force and in a collective way one has to be deaf or blind not to see or hear it or. you don't all but there was also a clear warning the government would not tolerate further violence from the yellow vests so your new bridge will need to move be given another day of protest is organized on saturday it must be authorized in must take place peacefully the interior minister will use all necessary means to enforce law and order.
sparked by an announced fuel tax hike the yellow vista protests have now come to reflect more widespread anger at the government that hit major cities causing damage and disruption over the last three weeks the government move is an attempt to quell the son rest but galavis supporters say it's too little too late. it's not a sign of appeasement it's just a storming tactic there's nothing that it's empty there's no specific explanation. but i don't think that's going to be enough to get this genie back into his box because now it's well out that you know the people are waiting for something else is an answer. the climbdown is yet another setback the president emanuel mccall in his approval ratings have slipped sharply in recent months and it's doubtful his policy u. turn will a please the protestors. know we're going to paris i'm joined by the correspondent he works for the french newspaper this shows and even.
as we saw back today what are we watching here is this a little bit of better late than never or too little too late. well the next few days we'll answer that question i think michael didn't have a choice willie he had two movies been very silent over the last few days. and today's decision i guess is just attempt to to stop this historic protest. we will see the yellow protest is just say they won't back down they will demonstrate again next saturday. but at least this might. change that to do the course and make people think again what can we do want what do we know about the yoga vest for just years in this movement is this move
one movement do they speak with one voice. well that's the thing. you probably house about as many protesters as opinions we are talking about a few hundred thousand their main. point was this huge tax which the government just freeze for six months but they have all of those other points which they want to to make pressure on like. minimum wage increase. in many won't. or himself resigns. they can argue they achieved a lot surprisingly a lot actually because it's not only that it's tax hike it's been suspended but also. kristie prices and gas prices have been free and some other taxes as well
so they've achieved a lot but they don't seem to be ready to stop the protests and we know there's been a lot of criticism of president people saying he's gone from being the president of reform to the president of the rich how big of a threat has this this protest wave become to his presidency. it's been i think its first real setback. over the last eighteen months he's been very lucky you had this kind of magic touch and now i think what came to this face was this. very violent protest. is a very profound rejection of the way he uses his power and his authority these is complained on a platform where he was supposed to be close to the people to the real people and bring something new into the french politics and what people seem to discover or
have the opinion is actually probably like former. presidents and predecessors. using a very presidential authority so it's a it's a very strong test and. indeed the most important one in his presidency until now all right by law correspondent with the french newspaper. in paris tonight thank you thank you. the governing body board of what exist inside to extend the ban on russia competing in international track and field the suspension was imposed three years ago after allegations of a state run doping program in russian athletics the i double has prevented russia from coming back into the fold effort failed to fulfill necessary requirements. i'll be back at the top of the hour with more world news for the by the day see