China condemns United States nuke report; tells to shun cold-war mentality'

China slams'wild guesses in US nuclear review

China slams'wild guesses in US nuclear review

"The United States, the country that owns the world's largest nuclear arsenal, should take the initiative to follow the trend instead of going against it", said China's Ministry of Defence in a statement yesterday.

Meanwhile, Iran has severely criticized the United States for review of its nuclear policy and outlining plans to expand its nuclear capabilities against its rivals.

The new nuclear policy is significantly more hawkish than the posture adopted by the administration of former President Barack Obama, which sought to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in the USA military.

Regarding China, in addition to describing the Asian country as an adversary, Washington pointed out that it is ready to prevent Beijing from taking advantage if it uses that military technology in Asia or accepts its use in a lesser scale. "We hope that the USA earnestly takes up its special disarmament responsibility, correctly understands China's strategic intentions and objectively views China's national defence and military build-up".

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

His comments late Saturday came a day after the Pentagon revealed plans to revamp its nuclear arsenal, largely in response to a perceived renewed threat from Russian Federation.

In a written statement, Trump said the U.S. strategy is created to reduce the possibility of using atomic weapons.

The US military wants to revamp its nuclear arsenal and develop new low-yield atomic weapons, largely in response to Russian actions in recent years, the Pentagon said.

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.

Earlier in a tweet, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned that the US policy document pose the risk of bringing humankind closer to annihilation.

The NPT, which came into force in 1970 and has been signed by nearly all countries including the United States, calls on nations "to achieve at the earliest possible date the cessation of the nuclear arms race and to undertake measures in the direction of nuclear disarmament".

He said he would waive sanctions against Iran that were lifted as part of the global deal for the last time unless his conditions were met.

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.

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