U.S. assumptions about China's nuclear development absurd

05 February, 2018, 06:29 | Author: Kim Reid
  • The Pentagon's Nuclear Posture Review has called for submarines to be armed with low-yield nuclear cruise missiles

China's Defence Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said in a statement in Beijing on Sunday that the report exaggerates the threat of China's nuclear force.

China's Defense Ministry hit back Sunday, describing the report as "presumptuous speculation".

Daryl Kimball, the head of the Arms Control Association advocacy group in Washington, said that the development of new weapons in the USA nuclear arsenal was "dangerous, Cold War thinking".

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.

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

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The US military has put countering China and Russian Federation, dubbed "revisionist powers", at the centre of a new national defence strategy unveiled earlier this month.

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

Upgrades to its nuclear arsenal have received less attention, partly because of its small size, estimated by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute at just 270 warheads compared to 6,800 for the US.

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"The United States already possesses a diverse array of nuclear capabilities, and there is no evidence that more usable weapons will strengthen deterrence of adversaries or compel them to make different choices about their arsenals", Mr. Kimball wrote on the group's website.

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"The same people who supposedly believe that using weapons of mass destruction is a crime against humanity ... are talking about new weapons to threaten or use against rivals", he said in his televised address.

Ren pointed out that the U.S. holds the world's largest stockpile of nuclear weapons and it needs to shoulder its own responsibility in stopping the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

On Twitter, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also lashed out.

The Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) envisages short-term plans to modify existing submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) warheads to provide a low-yield option and pursue a modern nuclear-armed sea-launched cruise missile (SLCM) in the long run.

The United States is incorporating nuclear capability onto the forward-deployable, nuclear-capable F-35 as a replacement for the current aging DCA.

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Iran's nuclear deal, reached with six world powers, lifted some worldwide sanctions in exchange for curbs to its nuclear programme.

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