Published: Mon, February 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

USA should not run on anti-peace pathway, says China

USA should not run on anti-peace pathway, says China

The document released on Friday by the Pentagon, known as the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), argues that developing smaller nuclear weapons would challenge that assumption.

Although the review largely focuses on Russian Federation, several sections are dedicated to the lack of transparency in China's nuclear build-up.

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Defence ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said in a statement that the U.S. should "correctly understand China's strategic intent and see China's national defence and military build-up in an objective way". China said that it is "firmly opposed" to the NPR published by the US Department of Defence.

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". "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".

Iran says the move is in violation of the worldwide nuclear non-proliferation treaty and claims it has brought the world closer to annihilation. "That's why the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons bans all nuclear weapons, and the threatening of their use".

Upgrading the United States arsenal and complementing massive "strategic" bombs with smaller "tactical" weapons was "aimed at making use of nuclear weapons less likely", President Donald Trump said in a statement.

The argument for these weapons is that larger nuclear bombs are so catastrophic that they would never be used and do not work as an effective deterrent - but with less power and destruction, the low-yield option would potentially be more likely to be used, serving as an effective deterrent.

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The CIA chief who is a former hard-line Republican congressman also cited efforts by the Chinese to steal USA commercial information and infiltration of schools and hospitals - and this extended to Europe and the UK.

Low-yield nuclear weapons, while still devastating, have a strength of less than 20 kilotons.

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

In an introductory statement, Mattis said, "We must look reality in the eye and see the world as it is, not as we wish it to be.in no way does this approach lower the nuclear threshold".

Mr Trump gave the Iran nuclear deal, negotiated before he took office, a final reprieve last month but warned European allies and Congress they had to work with him to fix "the disastrous flaws" in the pact or face a USA exit.

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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