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China accuses United States of 'cold war mentality' over nuke policy

China accuses United States of 'cold war mentality' over nuke policy

"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.

The review of USA nuclear policy has already riled Russian Federation, which viewed the document as confrontational, and raised fears that it could increase the risk of miscalculation between the two countries.

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.

The Pentagon called for the United States to develop two new types of weapons in an update of its nuclear policy Friday.

He said the United States is playing up the threat of its nuclear strength.

The US nuclear review comes at a time of increasing tension between Washington and Beijing.

The U.S. military believes its nukes are seen as too large to be used and wants to develop low-yield bombs-a move that has prompted condemnation from China, Iran and Russian Federation.

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

The review mentions that nuclear weapons could be used as retaliation in "extreme circumstances", not just as retaliation to a nuclear attack.

Ren pointed out that the U.S. holds the world's largest stockpile of nuclear weapons and it needs to shoulder its own responsibility in stopping the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

When asked to provide examples of non-nuclear attacks that the United States considered significant enough to garner a nuclear response, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy John Rood declined to respond, saying that the United States needed "to maintain some ambiguity" in order to "reinforce deterrence".

"No football team only plays defense", Mattis said.

In a statement Friday, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons said the Trump nuclear doctrine "deliberately increases" the risk of nuclear weapons use by taking such weapons "out of the silos and onto the battlefield". "This eventually can lead in one thing and that's a major war".

"Peace and development are irreversible global trends. Only that solution will do".


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