I am going to remind my readers that the Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Elimination of Their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty) has marked the first important milestone in nuclear disarmament. It was signed in Washington, by the US President R. Reagan and Soviet leader M. Gorbachev on December 8, 1987, and came into force on June 1, 1988. Thus, by 1991, Soviet intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBMs) RSD-10 Pioneer (SS-20 Saber), R-14 (SS-5 Skean), R-12 (SS-4 Sandal), land-based cruise missiles (LBCMs) RK-55 Relief (SSC-X-4 Slingshot), as well as, shorter-range ballistic missiles the OTR-22 Temp-S (SS-22 Scaleboard) and the OTR-23 Oka (SS-23 Spider) were subject to destruction. In the USA, the Pershing II medium-range ballistic missiles, the BGM-109G Ground Launched Cruise Missiles (GLCMs), as well as, the Pershing 1a short-range missiles (SRMs) were to be subject to elimination. Together with the missiles, the Treaty eliminated their launchers and related support facilities. By the Treaty's deadline of June 1, 1991, a total of 1,846 missiles, 825 launchers and 812 missile warheads had been eliminated by the Soviet Union. 846 missiles and 289 launchers had been eliminated by the US correspondingly. Is it meant to be a happy end? No, it is not really like that. The Pentagon's guys would never give up their chance at using such good 'nuclear football'. But if you cannot come through the door, then it may be possible to fit through the window. The so-called 'target missiles' of the HERA, LRALT and MRT type were made on the basis of the stages of ballistic missiles Minuteman-2, Trident-1 and others. Now they are involved in test launches of ABM interceptor missiles. The USA describes them as ground-to-air missiles permitted by the Treaty while Russian experts hold the reasonable view that it is, in fact, medium-range missiles prohibited by the Treaty. Accordingly, on January 4, 2001, Russian Foreign Ministry issued a first statement accusing the USA of violating the Treaty. But no satisfactory response was provided by the American side. And yet the HERA missile's testing had to be temporarily stopped under the pressure of Russia. But US tricksters decided to find a different way around. In September, the launch of 'two ballistic objects' from the central part of the Mediterranean Sea was detected by Russian ballistic missile early warning system in Armavir. Americans were quick to say that they had nothing to do with the launch. But fire cannot be hidden in straw. So, Israeli military officials had to admit that they had been carrying out secret tests of a new version of Ankor-type target missile intended for checking the ABM system efficiency. The Israeli military also noted that the Ankor missile production and launch had been made possible through active financial and technical support of the USA. The US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel then reiterated this information. Thus, exploiting loopholes in the Treaty, Washington, by hands of Israel, continues to develop, produce and test the prohibited medium-range ballistic missiles. (The Silver Sparrow is the Israeli-American version of Ankor-type medium-range target missile with a maneuverable warhead and 2,500-3,000 km range). In polite society you will be beaten on the head with candelabra for this kind of confidence game. And the US top-tier tricksters should consider whether they need to open those floodgates since it might turn out that Iran and North Korea will suddenly make unexplained leaps forward in development of their missile technologies, rendering the entire US NMD Program utterly meaningless. The stick has two ends.