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U.S. and Russia to Meet June 22 on Curbing Nuclear Stockpiles

  • Extending ‘New Start’ accord may be included if China joins in
  • China has balked at three-way talks, citing a smaller arsenal
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The U.S. and Russia will send senior officials to Vienna on June 22 for a new round of arms-control talks, a State Department official said, as the Trump administration tries to enlist Moscow’s help bringing China into broader negotiations to limit all three countries’ nuclear weapons stockpiles.

The official didn’t rule out that the U.S. may be willing to extend the Obama-era New Start nuclear-weapons treaty, which is set to expire in February, provided Russia commits to three-way arms control with China and helps to bring a resistant Beijing to the table.