China rejects prospect of joining arms control talks with US

Beijing: China on Friday rejected any prospect of joining in nuclear arms limitation talks with the US, calling reports from Washington that it would do so a distortion of its stated position.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters the US was neither serious nor sincere in the proposed negotiations and should instead respond to Russia’s call for an extension to the existing New START treaty limiting the number of nuclear warheads.

China’s objection to the so-called trilateral arms control negotiations is very clear, and the US knows it very well.

China, with the world’s biggest nuclear arsenal after the US and Russia, has maintained it will not join in talks with Washington and Moscow on reducing its number of warheads. (AP)

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