China condemns USA nuke report; tells to shun cold-war mentality'

05 February, 2018, 06:26 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • China has also long maintained it will never allow first use of its atomic weapons

The Pentagon on Friday released the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) in which it said that the United States wants to prevent China from mistakenly concluding that any use of nuclear weapons, however limited, is acceptable.

China's Defence Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said that the USA document presumptuously speculated about the intentions behind China's development and played up the threat of China's nuclear strength, reports PTI.

The Chinese government has criticized a Pentagon document known as the "Nuclear Posture Review", which outlines the strategy to expand USA nuclear capacity and identifies China - along with Russia, Iran and North Korea - as potential nuclear adversaries.

He said the United States is playing up the threat of its nuclear strength.

Regarding China, in addition to describing the Asian country as an adversary, Washington pointed out that it is ready to prevent Beijing from taking advantage if it uses that military technology in Asia or accepts its use in a lesser scale.

Asking the USA to discard its "cold- war mentality" and take a fair view on China's military development, Beijing on Sunday criticised a Pentagon report that cast the Communist giant as "a major challenge" to America's interests in Asia.

The comprehensive report, which is largely in line with the 2010 review done by the Obama administration, reaffirms commitments to non-proliferation treaties but emphasizes the need to enhance capabilities to match with Russian Federation, showing supports for US nuclear modernization projects.




The US military believes its nuclear weapons are seen as too big to be used and wants to develop low-yield bombs, Russian Federation has already condemned the plan.

Earlier in a tweet, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned that the USA policy document pose the risk of bringing humankind closer to annihilation.

What is the new United States policy?

The Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) envisages short-term plans to modify existing submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) warheads to provide a low-yield option and pursue a modern nuclear-armed sea-launched cruise missile (SLCM) in the long run.

Historically a close USA ally and key North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member, nuclear weapons were a divisive issue in Germany's Cold War politics.

Ren pointed out that the United States holds the world's largest stockpile of nuclear weapons and it needs to shoulder its own responsibility in stopping the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Russia's foreign minister called the move "confrontational" and expressed "deep disappointment".

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