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US open to nuclear agreement with Russia before including China

Top arms envoy indicates shift in Washington's position on trilateral talks

Military vehicles carrying DF-21D ballistic missiles roll to Tiananmen Square during a military parade.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. may move forward with a nuclear agreement with Russia first in a bid to apply pressure on Beijing to sign a weapons treaty, Washington's top arms control negotiator said, despite characterizing China as an "urgent threat."

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