UPDATE 1-Trump, Russia’s Putin, discuss arms control, Iran, coronavirus -statements – Reuters

UPDATE 1-Trump, Russia’s Putin, discuss arms control, Iran, coronavirus -statements – Reuters

(Corrects reference in paragraph 3 to ‘Iran’s nuclear program’, not ‘Iran’s nuclear arms program’)

WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) – President Donald Trump informed Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Thursday he desired to avoid a highly-priced arms race with Russia and China and hoped for progress in arms manage negotiations, the White Residence claimed.

“President Trump reiterated his hope of staying away from an highly-priced a few-way arms race amongst China, Russia and the United States and looked forward to development on future arms handle negotiations in Vienna,” White Household spokesman Judd Deere explained.

The two leaders also mentioned Iran’s nuclear system, the Kremlin mentioned in its assertion on the call.

“The need to have for collective efforts to sustain regional balance and the world wide nuclear non-proliferation routine has been emphasised on both of those sides,” the Kremlin claimed.

The White Property did not mention Iran but said Trump and Putin mentioned methods to defeat the coronavirus pandemic when continuing to reopen international economies.

The United States claims that, as a developing nuclear weapons electrical power, China really should sign up for it and Russia in a new treaty. But China’s estimated 300 warheads are dwarfed by the arsenals of Russia and the United States.

China has balked. A prime Chinese diplomat said previously this thirty day period that China would be content to keep arms management talks with the United States and Russia, but only if Washington was willing to minimize its nuclear arsenal to China’s amount, which is about twenty times lesser. (Reporting by Steve Holland in Washington and Polina Devitt in Moscow Creating by Doina Chiacu Editing by Jonathan Oatis)