The United States first tested a cruise missile after leaving the INF Treaty

The United States conducted a test of a cruise missile capable of hitting targets at a short distance. As defense News notes, this is the first launch conducted by Washington after the termination of the Treaty on intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles.

The test was conducted in California, the missile hit a target located at a distance of more than 500 kilometers from the launch site. The Pentagon stressed that the missile under test type is not designed to carry nuclear charges.

The Treaty on intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles officially ended on August 2. It was concluded between the USA and the USSR in 1987 and prohibited the development and use of missiles capable of hitting targets at a distance of 500 to 5000 kilometers.

The initiator of the termination of the contract was the US President Donald Trump. He accused Moscow of developing weapons that violate the agreement. Russia denied the charges and in response accused of violations of the United States.