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China has an ‘obligation’ to join nuclear arms talks: US

Beijing has an “obligation” to join the Washington and Moscow at negotiations to replace a nuclear disarmament treaty, the United States said Tuesday.

“They (China) have an obligation to negotiate in good faith with us and the Russians,” American envoy to the negotiations Marshall Billingslea told reporters.

“They stood up not just the United States and Russia but they stood up the entire world,” he said.

On Monday American and Russia delegations discussed the New START treaty, which limits each side to 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads but which is due to run out in February.

US President Donald Trump has insisted China should be involved in discussions to extend the treaty, but Beijing has shown no interest in taking part.

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