The US and Russia are about to hold nuclear disarmament talks on Monday. While these talks are on the verge of uncertainty, the US seems desperate to bring China to discuss important matters.
The Treaty And Speculations Around It
While the world waits for the consequences of reopening of these talks between the US and Russia, some believe this may be the beginning of an end. Reports of US administration’s control envoy, Marshall Billingslea leading the talks and asking China to send a representative have surfaced. Sergei Ryabkov will lead Russia’s negotiations.
The talks between the country are about the 2010 New Start Treaty. This treaty limits the deployed strategic warheads of the two countries to 1550. The agreement Russia is set to expire in February but is renewable for five years.
China Opts Out
According to sources, representatives urged China quite desperately to join the talks. They tried to remind China how important it is for the three nations to negotiate and discuss a matter so significant.
China has been ignoring the requests for negotiation by Trump for a long time. China’s warhead stands at a count of 320, less than a twentieth of both Russia and the US. The officials of the country believe it is not diplomatically ready for talks like these. The country is pursued repeatedly because if its bizarre steps at times, Trump had said in a statement. Both the other countries continue to persist about the great power it has when it comes to defence.
Trump Desperate For A Trilateral Agreement
Administration of Trump has pressed for an agreement that covers wider aspects, which will take some time to normalise. These agreements should cover non-strategic weapons and stricter verification. Trump believes if the treaty expires and no concrete negotiations made, world peace shall be at stake.
Recently, the USA opted out of the Open Skies Treaty. And since then, Trump has been pressing for a trilateral control over nuclear warheads.