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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Trump administration has sketched out a framework that it hopes will avoid a three-way arms race as a deadline nears for extending the only remaining nuclear arms control deal with Russia and as China looks to expand its nuclear forces. Ambassador Marshall Billingslea, the special presidential envoy for arms control, spoke with The Associated Press about negotiations with Russia while touring some of the top nuclear research labs and production sites in the United States. Last week’s visit to New Mexico, Texas and Tennessee comes as facilities ramp up modernization of the country’s multibillion-dollar nuclear enterprise, which includes capabilities for producing the plutonium cores used in warheads and technology for aiding nonproliferation of weapons...
    By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Trump administration has sketched out a framework that it hopes will avoid a three-way arms race as a deadline nears for extending the only remaining nuclear arms control deal with Russia and as China looks to expand its nuclear forces. Ambassador Marshall Billingslea, the special presidential envoy for arms control, spoke with The Associated Press about negotiations with Russia while touring some of the top nuclear research labs and production sites in the United States. Last week’s visit to New Mexico, Texas and Tennessee comes as facilities ramp up modernization of the country’s multibillion-dollar nuclear enterprise, which includes capabilities for producing the plutonium cores used in warheads and technology...
    President Trump has told aides he would like to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin before the November election, according to a report. The summit would be focused on promoting the two nation’s progress toward reaching a new nuclear arms control accord, NBC News reported Sunday. Four people familiar with talks on the potential meeting told the network that various times and locations were being considered, including one option next month in New York City. At the reported summit, the two leaders would sign a general blueprint outlining how they would move forward on a new arms treaty, also known as New START. New START, the nuclear arms control agreement, expires next year. Aides to the commander-in-chief argued that a...
    DONALD Trump may be looking to get some face time with Vladimir Putin ahead of election day. The point of the meeting might be to forge a new nuclear arms control treaty between Russia and the United States, the world's top two nuclear powers. 3 Trump at Putin last talked on the phone on June 23 3 Trump may want to boost his deal-maker reputation by inking an agreement with Putin The two leaders last spoke on the phone on June 23 to discuss arms control, according to the Associated Press. But the content of the treaty might be secondary to Trump's goal of netting a foreign policy win in time for November. "He wants it to show his deal-maker...
    National security adviser Robert O'Brien said President Trump will not attend an in-person summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the United States before the November election. "We're not having a summit with Vladimir Putin before the election," O'Brien told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd on Sunday. "What Putin has floated is doing a P5 meeting with the P5 and Germany and Russia to try and bully the U.S. —" he added before Todd interrupted to ask, "So the U.S. doesn't want something here?" "No, we've rejected that, and it's not just Russia," O'Brien responded. "What the Russians are proposing is a summit with Russia, Germany, Iran, and the other P5 members to try and bully the U.S....
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has told aides he’d like to hold an in-person meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin before the November election, according to four people familiar with the discussions. Administration officials have explored various times and locations for another Trump-Putin summit, including potentially next month in New York, these people said. The goal of a summit would be for the two leaders to announce progress towards a new nuclear arms control agreement between the U.S. and Russia, the people familiar with the discussions said. One option under consideration is for the two leaders to sign a blueprint for a way forward in negotiations on extending New START, a nuclear arms control treaty between the U.S. and Russia...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that the United States had made progress with Russia on nuclear arms control recently and hopes China will decide to join the discussions. "In the last handful of months, we've been working diligently to get the three nations that have the largest nuclear capabilities - the United States, Russia and China - to have strategic dialogue about how we move forward together to decrease the risk to the world," Pompeo told reporters. "We've made progress with the Russians; we've had two good gatherings. I hope we'll have one before too long, and we're hopeful that the Chinese will choose to participate," he added. (Reporting By Matt Spetalnick, David Brunnstrom...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi says Trump decision to roll back fair housing rule is a 'betrayal of our nation's founding values' Trump says he would consider pardons for those implicated in Mueller investigation Fauci says that he and his family have experienced 'serious threats' during pandemic MORE this week signed a measure to allow U.S. defense contractors to bypass a 33-year-old arms treaty and sell more large armed drones to foreign militaries, a State Department official told reporters on Friday. The Trump administration has chosen to sidestep one part of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) – a 1987 agreement between 35 countries to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons – to allow U.S. firms to sell the drones to foreign governments previously barred from buying them....
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed arms control and cooperation in fighting the coronavirus during a phone call between the two leaders Thursday, the Kremlin and White House said. The presidents “thoroughly considered” various arms control issues “given the special responsibility of Russia and the U.S. for maintaining international peace and security,” the Kremlin said. According to the White House, Trump reiterated his hope of avoiding an expensive three-way arms race between China, Russia, and the United States and “looked forward to progress on upcoming arms control negotiations in Vienna.” The Kremlin’s readout of the call said the parties reaffirmed “the timeliness of bilateral consultations” on arms control issues, including the New Strategic...
    Washington (AFP) – President Donald Trump told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Thursday that he hopes to avoid an “expensive” US arms race with Russia and China, the White House said. Washington and Moscow are preparing negotiations on a successor to the New START treaty capping their countries’ nuclear arsenals. However, China has so far rejected pressure from the Trump administration to join the talks, saying that its arsenal is far smaller than that of the two former Cold War foes. In a call with Putin, Trump “reiterated his hope of avoiding an expensive three-way arms race between China, Russia, and the United States and looked forward to progress on upcoming arms control negotiations in Vienna,” a White House...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed arms control and cooperation in fighting the coronavirus during a phone call between the two leaders Thursday, the Kremlin and White House said. The presidents “thoroughly considered” various arms control issues “given the special responsibility of Russia and the U.S. for maintaining international peace and security,” the Kremlin said. According to the White House, Trump reiterated his hope of avoiding an expensive three-way arms race between China, Russia, and the United States and “looked forward to progress on upcoming arms control negotiations in Vienna.” The Kremlin's readout of the call said the parties reaffirmed “the timeliness of bilateral consultations" on arms control issues, including the New Strategic...
    President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke on Thursday about the coronavirus pandemic and a potential three-country arms control deal with China. “President Trump reiterated his hope of avoiding an expensive three-way arms race between China, Russia, and the United States and looked forward to progress on upcoming arms control negotiations in Vienna,” the White House said in a readout. The leaders last spoke in May with a similar roster of topics. Arms control talks between the US and Russia began in late June in Vienna. Trump wants a grand deal that limits rising military costs, including to maintain nuclear weapon stockpiles. Although tensions are high between China and the US — as Trump blasts China for failing to...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he would be comfortable sending son, grandchildren to school in person Cafeteria worker on White House grounds tests positive for COVID-19: reports Republicans to start unveiling coronavirus package Thursday MORE spoke with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinChina needs to play straight on New START nuclear treaty Watchdog report: UK government 'badly underestimated' threat of Russian interference Biden vows to fight back against foreign interference efforts if elected MORE by phone on Thursday, discussing the novel coronavirus, arms control negotiations and other matters. The call marked Trump’s first phone conversation with Putin since last month, and comes days after the United States, United Kingdom and Canada accused Moscow of attempting to hack coronavirus vaccine research....
    Photograph: Logan Cyrus/AFP/Getty Images White House officials held a series of discussions over the past two years on the possibility of resuming US nuclear testing, according to the former national security adviser John Bolton. Related: Fumbling the nuclear football: is Trump blundering to arms control chaos? “Certainly the subject was discussed,” Bolton, a fierce advocate of testing, told the Guardian. However, there was opposition from some in the administration who felt current computer-based testing of US warheads was sufficient, and no decision was made by the time Bolton left the White House last September. When the prospect of the first US underground nuclear test in nearly three decades came up at a White House meeting in May, it triggered...
    State Department special representative Marshall Billingslea told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the United States trails both Russia and China in the development of hypersonic missiles. Billingslea, who has been nominated to the post of under secretary of state for arms control, suggested that the military needs to accelerate a broad effort to modernize the American nuclear arsenal, in part to create the leverage that would press both Moscow and Beijing to agree to new arms control treaties. “We have an urgent need to robustly test a number of emerging hypersonic glide vehicle technologies that are coming online,” he said during his nomination hearing. “We are, I think it's fair to say, behind when it comes to...
    By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat said Friday he's not very optimistic about prospects for an extension of the last remaining U.S.-Russia arms control agreement because of Washington's focus on making China sign up to the pact. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that Russia only wants to keep the New START treaty as much as the U.S. does and will protect its security regardless of the pact's fate. “We only need the extension as much as the Americans do,” Lavrov said during a conference call with foreign policy experts. “If they categorically refuse, we will not try to persuade them.” The New START treaty was signed in 2010 by U.S. President Barack Obama and then...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s top diplomat said Friday he’s not very optimistic about prospects for an extension of the last remaining U.S.-Russia arms control agreement because of Washington’s focus on making China sign up to the pact. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that Russia only wants to keep the New START treaty as much as the U.S. does and will protect its security regardless of the pact’s fate. “We only need the extension as much as the Americans do,” Lavrov said during a conference call with foreign policy experts. “If they categorically refuse, we will not try to persuade them.” The New START treaty was signed in 2010 by U.S. President Barack Obama and then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. The...
    China rejected an invitation from the United States to join talks with Russia about limiting nuclear warheads. President Trump’s administration demanded that China participate in negotiations over the renewal of New START, a treaty restricting the number of warheads the U.S. and Russia are allowed to maintain. Beijing said it would only join the negotiations if the U.S. reduces its arsenal to match China’s smaller arsenal. Beijing's arsenal is about one-fifth the size of the ones possessed by the U.S. or Russia, but the Trump administration has argued it poses a major threat. "China's opposition of the so-called trilateral arms control negotiations is very clear," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Friday. "However, the U.S. continues...
    BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday rejected any prospect of joining in nuclear arms limitation talks with the U.S., calling reports from Washington that it would do so a distortion of its stated position. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters the U.S. was “neither serious nor sincere” in the proposed negotiations and should instead respond to Russia’s call for an extension to the existing New START treaty limiting the number of nuclear warheads. “China’s objection to the so-called trilateral arms control negotiations is very clear, and the U.S. knows it very well. However, the U.S. is persistent on the issue and even distorted China’s position,” Zhao said at a daily news briefing. China, with the world’s biggest nuclear arsenal...
    BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday rejected any prospect of joining in nuclear arms limitation talks with the U.S., calling reports from Washington that it would do so a distortion of its stated position. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters the U.S. was “neither serious nor sincere” in the proposed negotiations and should instead respond to Russia’s call for an extension to the existing New START treaty limiting the number of nuclear warheads. “China’s objection to the so-called trilateral arms control negotiations is very clear, and the U.S. knows it very well. However, the U.S. is persistent on the issue and even distorted China’s position,” Zhao said at a daily news briefing. China, with the world’s...
    Washington (CNN)China issued a stinging response to a US statement Thursday that welcomed Beijing's willingness to engage in arms control talks. Beijing has "no interest" in any such negotiations, a statement by Chinese embassy in Washington said. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said Thursday in a statement that the United States "welcomes China's commitment to engage in arms control negotiations," a day after a senior Chinese diplomat said Beijing would be happy to join talks if the US agreed to lower its number of nuclear weapons to match China's. "I can assure you that if the US says that they are ready to come down to the Chinese level (of nuclear weapons), China will be happy to participate the next...
    China has given a subtle hint of willingness to discuss arms control agreements pertaining to its "dangerous and destabilizing" nuclear weapons buildup, according to a senior State Department official. “It sounds a little bit like we're pre-negotiating,” Marshall Billingslea, the State Department’s point man for arms control talks, told the 2020 European Union Defense Washington Forum on Wednesday. Billingslea pegged that progress update to a new statement from a senior Chinese official who alluded to the possibility of negotiations Tuesday. The Chinese diplomat’s comments struck Billingslea as a “seeming evolution” from Beijing’s previously ironclad insistence on stockpiling more nuclear warheads, although even the new statements emphasized China’s determination to equal the American arsenal. “I can assure you,...
    BEIJING (AP) — A senior Chinese arms control official called U.S. pressure to join nuclear arms talks with Russia an American ploy to avoid signing a new deal, and said China would gladly participate if the U.S. would agree to parity among all three nations. “I can assure you that if the U.S. says that they are ready to come down to the Chinese level, China will be happy to participate the next day," Fu Cong, the director general of the Foreign Ministry's arms control department, said Wednesday. “But actually, we know that that’s not going to happen." Fu spoke to journalists in Beijing after the U.S. pointedly noted the Chinese absence at talks with Russia in Vienna two weeks...
    BEIJING (AP) — A senior Chinese arms control official called U.S. pressure to join nuclear arms talks with Russia an American ploy to avoid signing a new deal, and said China would gladly participate if the U.S. would agree to parity among all three nations. “I can assure you that if the U.S. says that they are ready to come down to the Chinese level, China will be happy to participate the next day,” Fu Cong, the director general of the Foreign Ministry’s arms control department, said Wednesday. “But actually, we know that that’s not going to happen.” Fu spoke to journalists in Beijing after the U.S. pointedly noted the Chinese absence at talks with Russia in Vienna two...
    BEIJING (Reuters) - If the United States were willing to reduce its nuclear arsenal to China's level, China would "be happy to" participate in trilateral arms control negotiation with the U.S and Russia, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Wednesday. The U.S. has repeatedly called for China to join in trilateral negotiations to extend a flagship nuclear arms treaty between the U.S. and Russia that is due to expire in February next year. Fu Cong, head of arms control department of Chinese foreign ministry, reiterated to reporters in Beijing on Wednesday that China has no interest in joining the trilateral negotiation. (Reporting by Yew Lun Tian; Editing by Christian Schmollinger) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Tuesday it was unrealistic to expect China to join arms controls talks being held between Moscow and Washington, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was reported as saying by the Interfax news agency. The United States has long called on Beijing to join such talks. Ryabkov was speaking a day after he met the U.S. special presidential envoy for arms control in Vienna. The two men discussed global security issues, and a possible extension of the START nuclear arms control treaty in particular, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. (Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Editing by Andrew Osborn) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    On Monday, June 22, U.S. and Russian officials are scheduled to meet in Vienna, Austria, to discuss nuclear arms control. In our political environment today, where news cycles are measured in hours rather than days, major developments in national security such as this often fail to garner the recognition they deserve. But these talks are worth the world’s attention. This meeting comes on the heels of President Trump’s decision in May to withdraw the United States from the Open Skies Treaty, a decades-old agreement between the then-members of NATO and the Warsaw Pact allowing member nations to fly over each other’s territory with observation aircraft. NEWT GINGRICH: CHINA'S SECRET CAMPAIGN TO SPY ON US AND BUY INFLUENCE IS EXPOSED Offutt...
    Washington (CNN)US and Russian officials will meet later this month for nuclear arms negotiations, a top US arms control official announced Monday.Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control Marshall Billingslea said that he and his Russian counterpart, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, have agreed "on time and place for nuclear arms negotiations in June."The Trump administration has abandoned a number of key arms control pacts, most recently the Open Skies Treaty, in favor of seeking a three-party agreement with Russia and China. The insistence on a trilateral agreement is widely seen as a way to scuttle New START, the nuclear reduction treaty between the US and Russia that is set to expire in February 2021. Beijing has dismissed calls to participate...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Russia have agreed to start arms control talks this month as the only remaining treaty between the two largest nuclear powers is poised to expire in less than a year, Marshall Billingslea, President Donald Trump’s special envoy for arms control, said Monday. Russia has offered to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which expires in February, but Trump wants to see a three-way nuclear arms treaty that includes China. Beijing, which is expanding its nuclear arsenal but is not nearly as big as the ones held by the U.S. and Russia, has expressed little to no interest in negotiating or signing a pact. “Today agreed with the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister...