The U.S. is reportedly getting ready to pull out of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty after last-minute negotiations with Russia failed to produce results.
This back and forth has been going on for a while now. Here's the issue.
The U.S. says Russia developed a cruise missile system that violates the INF treaty. Moscow has acknowledged the missile system in question exists. But it denies breaching the pact, and it has refused a U.S. demand to destroy it.
Both sides met in Beijing this week to talk about their differences over the Cold War-era pact, which effectively bans land-based nuclear missiles with certain distance ranges.
But according to Reuters, U.S. and Russian officials said those talks didn't go so well, and they were unable to come to an agreement.
Late last year, the U.S. warned it would walk away from the treaty if Russia didn't comply with the terms by Feb. 2. It will take about six months for the U.S. to formally withdraw from the pact.