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China calls wrong US position to withdraw from Open Skies Treaty

Beijing, May 23.- China described as counterproductive the decision of the United States to abandon the Open Skies Treaty, since it will affect military confidence and transparency in the international community.

Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, saw it as other evidence of Washington's Cold War mindset, while holding on to his America First policy and unilateralism.

The action of the United States is not conducive to maintaining security and stability in the region concerned, and will also have a negative impact on international arms control and disarmament processes, he added, assuring that it is an act in violation of international commitments.

The administration of US President Donald Trump will notify other members on Friday of the decision to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty, despite strong criticism on its own soil.

Said pact, which was signed in 1992 and entered into force 10 years later, allows its 34 member nations to carry out short and unarmed surveillance flights over their respective territories to collect data about military forces and activities.

According to a statement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the controversial action responds to an alleged breach of the mechanism by Russia, although the United States could reconsider the withdrawal if Moscow returns to full compliance with the treaty.

This movement represents the third time that Trump renounces an important arms control pact, after in 2018 he withdrew his nation from the nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six world powers. (Text and Photo: PL)