China accuses USA of 'Cold War mentality' over nuclear policy

Iran says US nuclear policy brings world 'closer to annihilation'

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

The U.S. Department of Defense said its nuclear strategy seeks to "prevent Beijing from mistakenly concluding" it could gain regional territorial advantage by using its nuclear weapons.

It said China and Russian Federation had "added new types of nuclear capabilities to their arsenals, increased the salience of nuclear forces in their strategies and plans, and engaged in increasingly aggressive behaviours, including in outer space and cyberspace".

Groups defending the control of arms attacked the report, officially known as a "review of the nuclear posture", that is ordinarily held at the beginning of a new government.

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"The country that owns the world's largest nuclear arsenal, should take the initiative to follow the trend instead of going against it", China's defense ministry said on Sunday, reports BBC.

The defence ministry spokesman said China's nuclear arsenal was the minimum needed for national security.

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 US Nuclear Posture Review reflects greater reliance on nukes in violation of the #NPT, bringing humankind closer to annihilation", Zarif said on the social network. The 74-page report, the Pentagon's first since 2010, cast China as "a major challenge to U.S. interests in Asia".

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The spokesman added that his country also wants the United States to take a fair view of China's national defense and military development.

China decried the USA for its "Cold War mentality" on Sunday after Washington announced last week that it plans to diversify its nuclear arsenal with smaller bombs.

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.

A leaked version of the review, which the Pentagon is set to release soon, shows that military officials in Washington are calling for the development of a low-yield nuclear bomb that is created to be used on the battlefield instead of urban areas. The atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima had about the same explosive power.

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The latest Nuclear Posture Review published by the Pentagon called for a larger arsenal of smaller, low-yield nuclear weapons to act as a more "credible" deterrent to threats, particularly from Russian Federation.

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