据The Associated Press美联社2019年8月4日报道，7月23日刚任美国国防部长马克·埃斯珀周五称，鉴于美国已宣布正式退出美俄《中导条约》，美军将在未来几个月内，在亚洲择地部署中程导弹能力。据称，未来18个月内，最有可能先部署1000公里射程的巡航导弹，而3000―4000公里射程的中程弹道导弹还需5年甚至更长年限。美国国务卿蓬皮奥周五宣布美国正式退出中导条约，埃斯珀在当日飞往澳大利亚参加美澳防务与外交部长级会议时迫不及待宣布了这一消息，而且无端指责中国的中程导弹武库数量，单方面强调要拉中国加入美俄战略武器军控谈判。埃斯珀称，要继续推行特朗普政府的“印太战略”，要与盟国协商，在本地区加快形成美军中程导弹攻击能力。美澳会后，埃斯珀将访问新西兰、日本、韩国和蒙古国。
SYDNEY — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he wants to deploy an intermediate range conventional missile in the Pacific region within months, now that the Trump administration has formally pulled out of a Cold War-era arms control treaty with Russia.
Esper, however, added that it will likely take some time to develop the more advanced land-based missile capabilities. The move is likely to anger China, but Esper said Beijing shouldn’t be surprised by it.
“It’s fair to say, though, that we would like to deploy a capability sooner rather than later,” Esper told reporters traveling with him to Australia on Friday. “I would prefer months. I just don’t have the latest state of play on timelines.”
Esper’s comments come as the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty expired Friday, and the U.S. said it planned to begin testing new missiles that would have been prohibited under the accord. The U.S. has complained for years that Moscow has been violating the treaty and that a Russian system banned by the agreement is a direct threat to the U.S. and its allies.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the formal U.S. withdrawal on Friday, saying that “the United States will not remain party to a treaty that is deliberately violated by Russia.”
Esper, who was confirmed as Pentagon chief on July 23, wouldn’t detail possible deployment locations in Asia, saying it would depend on discussions with allies and other factors. He downplayed any reaction from China, saying that “80 percent plus of their inventory is intermediate range systems, so that shouldn’t surprise them that we would want to have a like capability.”
He said that because of the great distances within the Indo-Pacific region, U.S development of effective intermediate range precision weapons is important.