United States should not run on anti-peace pathway: China

05 February, 2018, 06:22 | Author: Inez Murphy
  • Iran says US nuclear policy brings world 'closer to annihilation'

In a statement Friday, Trump noted "successive United States administrations deferred much-needed modernization of our nuclear weapons, infrastructure and delivery systems" while other nuclear nations "grew their stockpiles".

A report by Breaking Defence points out the reluctance of the government to have a policy wherein there are circumstances which automatically call for the use of nuclear weapons.

America's flawed political leadership and planned expansion of nuclear weapons will lead to a major conflict with Russian Federation and China, says a former US foreign policy adviser and diplomat.

"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.

"What we're trying to do is ensure that our diplomats and our negotiators are in a position to be listened to when we say we want to go forward on nonproliferation and arms control", Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters ahead of the review's release Friday.

Days after Washington published a document outlining it's plans to expand its nuclear capabilities to deter others, Asian giants, China has accused the U.S. of having a "Cold War" mentally. Low-yield weapons with a strength of under 20 kilotons are less powerful but are still devastating. The U.S. has named China, Russia, Iran and North Korea as potential threats.

Land-based ballistic missiles, submarine-launched missiles, and air-delivered weapons - to be extensively modernised, as begun under ex-President Obama.

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

Return of sea-based nuclear cruise missiles.

He said the U.S. is playing up the threat of its nuclear strength.

Soon after, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he was "disappointed" by the document for its "confrontational and anti-Russian character", while Iran claimed USA policy would bring the world "closer to annihilation".

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". 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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