DIPLOMATIC NOTES ON ABM TREATY
Sent to Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ukraine) (440)
Spokesman Richard Boucher released the text of the diplomatic notes on
the U.S. decision to withdraw from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM)
Treaty which were sent to Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine on
by Richard Boucher, Spokesman
TEXT OF DIPLOMATIC
NOTES SENT TO RUSSIA, BELARUS, KAZAKHSTAN AND THE UKRAINE
is the text of diplomatic notes sent to Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and
the Ukraine on December 13, 2001:
of the United States of America has the honor to refer to the Treaty between
the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
(USSR) on the Limitation of Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems signed at Moscow
May 26, 1972.
paragraph 2, gives each Party the right to withdraw from the Treaty if
it decides that extraordinary events related to the subject matter of
the treaty have jeopardized its supreme interests.
States recognizes that the Treaty was entered into with the USSR, which
ceased to exist in 1991. Since then, we have entered into a new strategic
relationship with Russia that is cooperative rather than adversarial,
and are building strong relationships with most states of the former USSR.
Treaty entered into force in 1972, a number of state and non-state entities
have acquired or are actively seeking to acquire weapons of mass destruction.
It is clear, and has recently been demonstrated, that some of these entities
are prepared to employ these weapons against the United States. Moreover,
a number of states are developing ballistic missiles, including long-range
ballistic missiles, as a means of delivering weapons of mass destruction.
These events pose a direct threat to the territory and security of the
United States and jeopardize its supreme interests. As a result, the United
States has concluded that it must develop, test, and deploy anti-ballistic
missile systems for the defense of its national territory, of its forces
outside the United States, and of its friends and allies.
to Article XV, paragraph 2, the United States has decided that extraordinary
events related to the subject matter of the Treaty have jeopardized its
supreme interests. Therefore, in the exercise of the right to withdraw
from the Treaty provided in Article XV, paragraph 2, the United States
hereby gives notice of its withdrawal from the Treaty. In accordance with
the terms of the Treaty, withdrawal will be effective six months from
the date of this notice.