China criticizes USA for nuclear adversary claims

China criticizes USA for nuclear adversary claims

China criticizes USA for nuclear adversary claims

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

"The United States, the country that owns the world's largest nuclear arsenal, should take the initiative to follow the trend instead of going against it", the statement read.

"We hope the USA side will discard its "cold-war mentality", shoulder its own special and primary responsibility for nuclear disarmament, understand correctly China's strategic intentions and take a fair view on China's national defence and military development", he said.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the NPR will allow the U.S.to remain 'flexible and well-prepared for the unique threats we face today.

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.

The document released on Friday by the Pentagon, known as the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), argues that developing smaller nuclear weapons would challenge that assumption. President Donald Trump previewed the posture in his State of the Union Address on Tuesday.

The review, the first of this kind since 2010, also calls for a "lower-yield" option with less powerful explosive capacity for ballistic and cruise missiles launched from submarines.

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Iran says the move is in violation of the worldwide nuclear non-proliferation treaty and claims it has brought the world closer to annihilation.

Soon after, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he was "disappointed" by the document for its "confrontational and anti-Russian character", while Iran claimed US policy would bring the world "closer to annihilation".

The argument for these weapons is that larger nuclear bombs are so catastrophic that they would never be used and do not work as an effective deterrent - but with less power and destruction, the low-yield option would potentially be more likely to be used, serving as an effective deterrent.

The U.S. has begun to replace aging components in each part of the triad: the Ohio-class nuclear submarine is being replaced by Columbia-class nuclear submarines, land-based Minuteman III missiles will start being replaced in 2029 and a new B-21 Raider bomber jet will start replacing old bombers in the mid-2020s, according to the review.

China has urged the USA to drop its "cold war mentality" after Washington said it planned to diversify its nuclear armoury with smaller bombs.

The NPT, which came into force in 1970 and has been signed by nearly all countries including the United States, calls on nations "to achieve at the earliest possible date the cessation of the nuclear arms race and to undertake measures in the direction of nuclear disarmament". "This eventually can lead in one thing and that's a major war". "The bomb dropped on Hiroshima was 'low-yield, '" the Nobel Peace Prize-winning nongovernmental organization said. It also says that nuclear weapons could be used to respond to "extreme circumstances", including non-nuclear attacks.

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