Trump wants to sign new nuclear deal with China and Russia

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US President Donald Trump has expressed interest in signing a new nuclear deal involving China and Russia. He said he would discuss the plan with the two countries. Both countries have shown great enthusiasm for the talks, the US President said. Trump said about the plan which was in the midst of fears of a new arms race following the cancellation of a nuclear deal with Russia, which was signed in the post-war era.

On Friday, the United States abolished the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), which was signed with Russia in 1987. The agreement, signed under the rule of US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, prohibited the production of missiles of 5 to 5,500 kilometers. The United States canceled the deal, accusing Russia of violating the deal by deploying a new missile. However, Russia has denied the allegations. After the cancellation of the two superpowers agreement, the world fears for a new arms race.

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and U.S. President Ronald Reagan sign a landmark treaty eliminating U.S. and Soviet intermediate-range and shorter-range nuke missiles in Washington in December 1987.

Responding to a question on how to avoid new nuclear weapons competition after the deal was canceled, US President Trump said: His administration was discussing a new nuclear deal with Russia. “So that they get some concessions, we also get some concessions,” he said. Trump added, “In some cases, we also need to engage China.” He hoped the new agreement would be signed and said it would be a big event for the world. He said to the reporters, “China has shown great enthusiasm for the talks and Russia has the same attitude. That’s why I think we can reach to an agreement.”

At the beginning of 2019, the US and Western military allies NATO accused Russia of violating the INF agreement. The Trump administration said they have evidence that Russia deployed a 9M-729 missile which is known as SSC-8. When the allegations were presented to NATO, they too took a stand with US’s claim. The Kremlin, however, denied the allegations.

On Friday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Russia was responsible for the dissolution of the deal. With the full support of the NATO allies, the United States has confirmed that Russia is responsible for breaching the terms of the agreement. As a result, the United States has no further obligation to comply with the terms of this Agreement. Russian news agency RIA Novosti said the Russian Foreign Minister confirmed in a statement that the deal was “officially dead”.

 

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the cancellation of the two superpowers, saying the invaluable possibility of a nuclear war was lost. “The threat of ballistic missiles will increase but not decrease,” he said. He called on all parties to create a new common way for signing a treaty for global arms control.

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