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U.S. says China is resisting nuclear arms talks

epa07767334 A photo released by the official North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows the test fire of a new weapon, as overseen by Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and supreme commander of the armed forces of the DPRK; at an undisclosed location in North Korea, 10 August 2019 (issued 11 August 2019). EPA-EFE/KCNA EDITORIAL USE ONLY

GENEVA, May 18 (Reuters) - China is resisting bilateral talks with the United States on nuclear weapons, the U.S. disarmament ambassador told a U.N. conference on Tuesday, as Washington seeks to advance efforts to reduce nuclear arms stockpiles.

By Emma Farge

“Despite the PRC’s dramatic build-up of its nuclear arsenal, unfortunately it continues to resist discussing nuclear risk reduction bilaterally with the United States,” said Robert Wood, referring to the People’s Republic of China.

“To date Beijing has not been willing to engage meaningfully or establish expert discussions similar to those we have with Russia. We sincerely hope that will change,” he added.

Russia and the United States agreed earlier this year to extend the New START arms control treaty for five years, preserving the last treaty limiting deployments of the world’s two largest strategic nuclear arsenals.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden are set to discuss arms control and security issues at a meeting and strategic nuclear stability will be on the agenda. Wood said on Tuesday he hoped that such bilateral discussions may lay the groundwork for nuclear disarmament and future arms control treaties. (Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Catherine Evans, William Maclean)

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  • Pagani Paganini says:

    Things couldn’t get as weird. Why would China discuss nuclear issues with the United States while the unstated US policy is the containment of China? You can’t fool everyone not least the Chinese.

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