Others say it could fill a vital military gap for the US.

The United States plans to test missiles, banned for decades, that could greatly increase tensions with Russia and conceivably kick off an arms race.

Unnamed senior defense officials told reporters on Wednesday that the Trump administration wants to try out two different weapons. The first, to be tested in August, is a ground-launch cruise missile that can fly just over 600 miles. And the second, planned for testing in November, is a ballistic missile that can travel between 1,865 and 2,485 miles.

It’s worth noting that these are conventional weapons — which means they’re not nuclear — but they could potentially be armed with nuclear warheads in the future.

These tests might seem ordinary; after all, militaries try out new weaponry all the time. But they actually symbolize the complete break from a Cold War-era agreement between Washington and Moscow.


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