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Four other countries with nuclear weapons, not recognised under NPT: Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea - have also shown no signs of reducing their stockpiles.

Meanwhile, the breakdown of the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran and the deadlock so far in attempts to salvage it, have raised the risks of nuclear proliferation, particularly in the Middle East.

Monday's joint statement was aimed at improving the atmosphere at the NPT review conference.

China's vice foreign minister Ma Zhaoxu welcomed Monday's statement as "positive and weighty", adding it would "help increase mutual trust and replace competition among major powers with coordination and cooperation".

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