China opposes new U.S. nuclear strategy

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Chinese defense ministry spokesperson Ren Guoqiang criticized the US Nuclear Posture Review in a statement released on Sunday.

The US nuclear review comes at a time of increasing tension between Washington and Beijing. "We must keep America's deterrent credible by making it modern".

Trump said the 2018 NPR addresses those challenges.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis called the current world climate the most turbulent since the nuclear arms race between the USA and the former Soviet Union. "We can not afford to let it become obsolete". However, the Trump document calls for an increase of smaller weapons, and emphasizes the need to use nuclear weapons to respond to non-nuclear attacks.

"Mr Zarif also said in his tweet: "(U.S. President Donald) Trump's obduracy in killing the #JCPOA (Iran's nuclear deal with world powers) stems from the same unsafe imprudence".

The Pentagon document, which is largely in line with the previous review in 2010, said the United States would modify a small number of submarine-launched ballistic missile warheads with low-yield options.

Zarif said the new policy was "in violation" of the global Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

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.

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. "Russia's belief that limited nuclear first use, potentially including low-yield weapons, can provide such an advantage is based, in part, on Moscow's perception that its greater number and variety of non-strategic nuclear systems provide a coercive advantage in crises and at lower levels of conflict", the review states.




"Correcting this mistaken Russian perception is a strategic imperative", according to the review.

In a 74-page report that summarises the conclusions of the review, Washington describes North Korea as a "clear and serious threat" to the United States and its allies. The short-term option would be a "modest amount", since it is based on existing missiles, Rood said. That is a myth the nuclear powers want you to believe.

In a speech on Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said, on one hand the United States is calling the use of weapons of mass destruction as a crime against humanity while on the other hand it is threatening its rivals with a new atomic weapon.

China has strongly rebuffed the claim in the US' latest Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), that Beijing is engaging in increasingly aggressive behavior. The idea was presented in the 2010 review, but "we just didn't say what we meant", Selva said.

The spokesman added that his country also wants the United States to take a fair view of China's national defense and military development. The US included North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies in the process of developing the review and briefed them before the release as well, she said.

In recent years, the United States has reduced its number of nuclear weapons as others, such as Russian Federation and China, have added new nuclear capabilities.

All of these additions and advancements will slowly raise the cost of nuclear deterrence from 2.7 percent of the Defense Department's budget today to 6.4 percent of the department's budget in 2029.

The ultimatum put pressure on European Union powers - key backers and parties to the 2015 worldwide agreement to curb Iran's nuclear programme - to satisfy Mr Trump, who wants the pact strengthened with a separate agreement.

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