China urges US to ‘think thrice’ before exiting landmark nuclear arms pact

China urges US to ‘think thrice’ before exiting landmark nuclear arms pact

China urges US to ‘think thrice’ before exiting landmark nuclear arms pact

Written by Reuters

22 Oct, 2018 | 4:00 pm

Reuters – China on Monday (October 22) urged the U.S. to “think thrice before acting”, after President Donald Trump said Washington would withdraw from a landmark Cold War-era treaty that eliminated nuclear missiles from Europe because Russia was violating the pact, triggering a warning of retaliatory measures from Moscow.

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, negotiated by then-President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, required the elimination of short-range and intermediate-range nuclear and conventional missiles by both countries.

Trump said the United States will develop the weapons unless Russia and China agree to a halt on development. China is not a party to the treaty.

Asked about Trump’s comments in Beijing on Monday, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said a unilateral withdrawal would have a negative impact on many sides. She urged the United States to “prudently” handle the issue.

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