China urges US to fulfill duties on nuclear disarmament

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EYEAFRICA TV: Beijing, China: China on Wednesday urged the United States to earnestly fulfill its special duties on nuclear disarmament and further cut its large nuclear arsenal.

Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for China’s Foreign Ministry, reiterated that China has no intention to enter into a negotiation of a so-called China-U.S.-Russia trilateral arms control deal.

“China has repeatedly reiterated that it has no intention of participating in the so-called trilateral arms control negotiations among China, the U.S. and Russia. This position is very clear and has been widely understood by the international community including Russia. China firmly opposes the United States using China as an excuse to evade and shift its nuclear disarmament responsibilities,” said Hua at a press briefing in Beijing.

Hua made the statement in response to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s remarks at a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that delivery systems have evolved beyond the missiles, bombers and submarines, and other parties such as China needed to be brought in to a wider arms control discussion.

“As the country with the world’s largest and most advanced nuclear arsenal, the United States should earnestly fulfill its special duties on nuclear disarmament, respond to Russia’s call for renewing the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, and further cut its large nuclear arsenal, so as to create conditions for other nuclear countries to join the multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations,” said Hua.

“If the United States really cares about the global strategic stability, it should stop violating the treaty, stop its negative move of undermining global strategic balance and stability, stop hyping competition and confrontation among large countries, immediately return to the right track of multilateralism, and earnestly safeguard the international order based on international law as well as the authority and effectiveness of the current arms control and non-proliferation legal system,” Hua added.

Hua stressed that China is willing to strengthen cooperation with all parties to make a positive contribution to global peace and security.

“China has always been committed to safeguarding international arms control and the non-proliferation system, advancing the process of international arms control and disarmament, and safeguarding global strategic balance and stability. China is willing to work with all parties to continuously strengthen communication and coordination within the framework of the disarmament negotiation meetings and the mechanism of the five nuclear-weapon states, to discuss the wide range of issues of global strategic stability, and to make a positive contribution to global peace and security,” said Hua.

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