The United States is calling for a comprehensive agreement that prohibits all nuclear weapons, not just strategic weapons, of its ambassador to negotiate with Russia on a new agreement on Tuesday.
China should also take part in the process, said U.S. Special Forces Presidential Assistant Marshall Billingslea.
U.S. President Donald Trump has sought to include China in negotiations to replace New Start, a nuclear arms deal between America and Russia, which expires in February.
China, a nuclear arsenal with a small arsenal like that of the Cold War-era superpowers, has come down many times.
Washington wants a tripartite agreement including China because it says Beijing is a secret race to increase arriers size and reach, but Moscow favors an international agreement that includes France and Britain.
“All I can say is that we have not taken any decision,” Billingslea told a press conference when asked if New Start would be expanded.
He was speaking after the day of the first round of talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
The two sides have agreed to set up more technical teams and a second round of talks will be held in late July or early August, depending on the progress of the working groups, Billingslea said. He did not specify which working groups would work with.
“It is already clear that advancing the construction of a two-state Cold War in a fast-moving and competitive third world country will make no sense,” said Billingslea.
Russia, said China’s joining is unreasonable.