China criticises United States nuclear report; asks to shun 'cold-war mentality'

Marsha Scott
February 5, 2018

The other parties - Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China - as well as the European Union have strongly defended the deal, saying it has achieved its aim of limiting Iran's ability to build a nuclear weapon.

The U.S. unveiled the strategy on Friday.

The US defence department's Nuclear Posture Review released on Friday outlines the Pentagon's nuclear ambitions under President Donald Trump, while spelling out how it foresees nuclear threats in the coming decades.

China's defence ministry spokesman, Mr Ren Guoqiang, responded in a statement yesterday that China is "firmly opposed" to the US' new nuclear weapons policy statement, describing its speculation about Chinese intentions as "wild guesses".

It overturns years of Obama-era policy that sought to reduce the size and power of the United States' nuclear arsenal.

Low-yield nuclear weapons, while still devastating, have a strength of less than 20 kilotons.

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"China has adhered to the policy of no-first-use of nuclear weapons at any time and under any circumstances", he said, adding that under no circumstances will China use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear-weapon states or nuclear-weapon-free zones.

The CIA chief who is a former hard-line Republican congressman also cited efforts by the Chinese to steal United States commercial information and infiltration of schools and hospitals - and this extended to Europe and the UK. China has also long maintained it will never allow first use of its atomic weapons.

"Correcting this mistaken Russian perception is a strategic imperative", according to the review.

Beyond Russia, the review calls North Korea and its leader Kim Jong-un a "clear and grave threat" to the United States and its allies, repeating the Trump administration line that a North Korean nuclear attack against the U.S. or its allies will result in "the end of that regime". That is a myth the nuclear powers want you to believe. The idea was presented in the 2010 review, but "we just didn't say what we meant", Selva said.

The U.S. military believes its nukes are seen as too large to be used and wants to develop low-yield bombs-a move that has prompted condemnation from China, Iran and Russian Federation. North Korea poses the "most immediate and dire proliferation threat to worldwide security and stability", the review states. Currently, the nuclear deterrent accounts for 3 percent of the defense budget, and another 3 to 4 percent on top of that is required, Mattis writes. "This eventually can lead in one thing and that's a major war".

Trump has consistently attacked the accord and said in January he would not continue to waive sanctions unless new restrictions were placed on Iran's missile programme and wider actions in the Middle East.

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