China condemns U.S. nuke report; tells to shun cold-war mentality'

China condemns U.S. nuke report; tells to shun cold-war mentality'

China condemns U.S. nuke report; tells to shun cold-war mentality'

The United States has 20 times more nuclear warheads than China.

The US government issued the medium to long-term nuclear strategy on Friday.

Officials say the addition of low-yield weapons will counter Russia's perceived belief that it could use its own low-yield weapons against the United States in a limited "first-use" basis that would provide an advantage to Moscow in a low-level conflict without causing USA nuclear retaliation.

"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 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 Pentagon document, known as the Nuclear Posture Review, also urged Beijing to establish "meaningful dialogue" with Washington.

The United States' so-called nuclear triad - the military's ability to launch and defend nuclear attacks with land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles and air-launched cruise missiles - will remain critical to its nuclear deterrence strategy.

US military institutions believe their current nuclear arsenal is too powerful to serve as an effective deterrent to other nuclear powers.

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

The defense ministry in Beijing said Washington had played up the threat of China's nuclear threat, adding that its own policy was defensive in nature. In his first state-of-the-union address on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump referred to China and Russian Federation as rivals that challenged US interests, its economy and values, and called for Congress to "fully fund our great military".

Countering the "growing threat from revisionist powers", such as China and Russian Federation, was at the heart of America's new defence strategy announced last month.

Modifying some submarine-launched nuclear warheads to give a lower-yield detonation.

Defense Ministry spokesperson Ren Guoqiang said "we hope the USA will abandon a Cold War mentality and earnestly shoulder its special and prior responsibility for its own nuclear disarmament". A year ago it said that Washington's defense strategy tied to "outdated notions".

President Donald Trump's nuclear doctrine breaks with his predecessor, Barack Obama, by ending a push to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in US military policy.

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