'Cold war mentality': China blasts United States nuclear review calling Beijing a threat

Aaron Brown
February 5, 2018

In a statement issued by China's Ministry of Defence on Sunday, the United States was urged to drop its "Cold War mentality" and not misread its military build-up.

China "always abides by the principle of no first use of nuclear weapons under any circumstances", Mr Ren said, and will "unconditionally not use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapon states".

Days after Washington published a document outlining it's plans to expand its nuclear capabilities to deter others, Asian giants, China has accused the USA of having a "Cold War" mentally. "This review calls for the diverse set of nuclear capabilities that provides an American President flexibility to tailor the approach to deterring one or more potential adversaries in different circumstances".

China "has always kept its own nuclear forces at the minimum level required by national security", Mr Ren said, pointing out that the U.S. has the world's largest nuclear arsenal.

"Our strategy will ensure Russian Federation understands that any use of nuclear weapons, however limited, is unacceptable", the NPR said.

In his own statement, Trump said the updated strategy develops capabilities so that use of a nuclear weapon is less likely.

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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.

The Pentagon document, which is largely in line with the previous review in 2010, said the United States would modify a small number of submarine-launched ballistic missile warheads with low-yield options.

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. China has also long maintained it will never allow first use of its atomic weapons.

The government of President Donald Trump announced that it will give continuity to a large part of the nuclear weapons policy of former President Barack Obama, but will adopt a more energetic stance with Russian Federation. There is no automatic nuclear response from the United States if there is a nuclear attack, the review aims to provide flexibility and more options for response, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood told reporters. The two allies, who accuse the North of sending a submarine to torpedo a South Korean warship, have assembled about 20 ships including a 97,000-ton United States aircraft carrier, 200 aircraft and 8,000 personnel.

The Trump administration could explicitly leave open the possibility of nuclear retaliation for major non-nuclear attacks, according to a leaked draft policy document published by the Huffington Post website.

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