Beijing [China]: China on Monday dismissed the probability of holding any trilateral talks on nuclear disarmament with the USA and Russia, which were proposed by US President Donald Trump recently.
“China opposes any incidents of anybody speaking on China’s behalf and will not participate in any talks on a trilateral agreement on nuclear disarmament,” Sputnik quoted Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Geng Shuang as saying.
This comes after Trump proposed to hold talks with Russia on a new nuclear arms control treaty, adding that the negotiations could eventually include China as well.
While Russia has welcomed the proposal while seeking more information, China has outrightly dismissed any probability.
This comes as both the United States and Russia have suspended their obligations towards the Cold Era-dated Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The accord was aimed at arms control and was signed between former US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
The two sides agreed to destroy all cruise or ground-launched ballistic missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometres (310 and 3,400 miles) through the signing of the treaty.