China opposes new USA nuclear strategy

China slams'wild guesses in US nuclear review

China has followed Russian Federation in criticizing a recent USA government report which describes the two countries as potential nuclear threats, saying Washington needs to drop its "cold war mentality".

"We hope the USA will abandon a Cold War mentality and earnestly shoulder its special and prior responsibility for its own nuclear disarmament", said Ren.

"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 defence ministry said on Sunday.

Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said the USA should "correctly understand China's strategic intent and see China's national defence and military build-up in an objective way", China's state news agency Xinhua reports.

Since taking office in 2012 President Xi Jinping has pushed for a muscular China, including calls last October to develop a "world-class" military by 2050.

The review of US nuclear policy is coming days after the director of the CIA Mike Pompeo revealed in an interview with the BBC that China is a "big threat" to the United States of America just as Russian Federation which has been fingered to have influenced the last presidential polls which brought Donald Trump to power.

"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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China decried the USA for its "Cold War mentality" on Sunday after Washington announced last week that it plans to diversify its nuclear arsenal with smaller bombs.

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.

Iran's foreign minister claimed it brought the world "closer to annihilation".

"China has adhered to the policy of no-first-use of nuclear weapons at any time and under any circumstances", he said, adding that under no circumstances will China use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear-weapon states or nuclear-weapon-free zones.

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.

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

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