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U.S.-Russia nuclear envoys make guarded comments as talks begin in Vienna
The Guardian

‘Performance art?’: China rebukes U.S. envoy for photo stunt at talks with Russia
Reuters

China overshadows nuclear treaty talks between U.S., Russia
NBC

United States

OPINION: Who can we trust with the nuclear button? no one
New York Times – William Perry, Tom Collina
6/22/20
The Cold War is over and all presidents make mistakes. Yet they still have sole control over whether to start a nuclear war.

OPINION: Don’t let new START come to a stop
Bloomberg – Editorial Board
6/21/20
It wouldn’t be smart to abandon the last remaining U.S.-Russia treaty limiting strategic nuclear weapons.

OPINION: Should America stop trying to denuclearize North Korea?
Cato – John Glaser
6/22/20
There is an ongoing debate about how to overcome groupthink in US foreign policy and make necessary changes to America’s strategy in the world.

East Asia

‘Performance art?’: China rebukes U.S. envoy for photo stunt at talks with Russia
Reuters6/22/20
The U.S. envoy to nuclear arms control talks with Russia on Monday taunted China for refusing to attend, posting a picture of Chinese flags placed at empty seats around the table, which Beijing dismissed as an act of “performance art.”

China overshadows nuclear treaty talks between U.S., Russia
NBC6/22/20
As U.S.-Russia talks on the future of the world’s two largest nuclear arsenals begin in Vienna on Monday, diplomats and experts warned that President Donald Trump’s insistence that China join the discussions could obstruct the renewal of a crucial treaty and might even precipitate a new nuclear arms race.

OPINION: China right on nukes
Sputnik – Finian Cunningham
6/23/20
The Trump administration has repeatedly called on Beijing to join the talks to hammer out a trilateral deal for disarmament.

Middle East

Iran is accused of hiding suspected nuclear activity
New York Times6/19/20
The United States and the big European powers came together to declare they had serious concerns about Tehran’s failure to allow inspectors into two locations.

Russia and Europe

Russia’s national security not to be damaged if U.S. pulls out of New START
Tass6/20/20
Anatoly Antonov stressed that the question of the future of New START Treaty will be in focus of the Russia-US talks in Vienna on June 22.

U.S.-Russia nuclear envoys make guarded comments as talks begin in Vienna
The Guardian6/22/20
The US and Russia have restarted talks about their nuclear arsenals after a break of more than a year and uncertainty over whether Donald Trump is interested in salvaging arms control in the last four months before elections.