U.S. arms control talks with Russia, and perhaps China, are slated for Monday, June 22 in Vienna, just days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew to Honolulu to meet with China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi at Hickam Air Force Base. The talks are aimed at bringing China into broader negotiations with Russia to limit all three countries’ nuclear weapons stockpiles.
Concerns are mounting about Russian and Chinese interest in developing their nuclear arsenals. The talks come two months after a State Department report raised questions about their compliance with arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament agreements and commitments.
“China’s overall nuclear stockpile is going to double over the next 10 years. That of course is a great concern,” U.S. arms control negotiator Ambassador Robert A. Wood told CBS News.
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WNU Editor: Russia is looking for a deal. But China has repeatedly said that they are not going to get involved in any negotiations that will limit its nuclear weapons program.