China is ready to reduce its nuclear arsenals, but Beijing is not planning to join the talks between Moscow and Washington on disarmament, Director-General of the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Department of Arms Control Fu Cong said on Friday, reports TASS.
China will not join Russia-US disarmament talks
STEPANAKERT, NOVEMBER 8, ARTSAKHPRESS: “China is neither refraining from meeting its commitments nor from responsibility. We are ready to reduce our nuclear arsenals to fair levels. If other countries’ arsenals are at China’s level, we are ready to join this process”, the diplomat said. “But it is unrealistic to expect that China will join trilateral talks [with Russia and the US on disarmament]”.
On August 2, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said that Washington was officially withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. He explained this decision by Russia’s refusal to meet the US demand to destroy its new 9M729 cruise missiles, which, according to the US and its NATO allies, violated the INF Treaty. Russia rejected these demands, saying that the technical parameters of these missiles complied with the treaty’s provisions.
China condemned the US withdrawal from the treaty with Russia, calling on the White House to honor its commitments. In its turn, Washington has earlier repeatedly called for drawing up a similar treaty that should involve China.