'Cold war mentality': China blasts U.S. nuclear review calling Beijing a threat

Iran says US nuclear policy brings world 'closer to annihilation'

China has urged the USA to drop its "cold war mentality" after Washington said it planned to diversify its nuclear armoury with smaller bombs.

"The United States would only consider the use of nuclear weapons in extreme circumstances to defend the vital interests of the United States, its allies and partners", according to the NPR.

Under the treaty, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - China, France, Russia, the United States and the United Kingdom - were acknowledged as nuclear powers, and other countries that joined the treaty agreed not to pursue nuclear weapons development, although they are allowed to use nuclear technology for non-military purposes.

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

The Pentagon document, known as the Nuclear Posture Review, also urged Beijing to establish "meaningful dialogue" with Washington.

Low-yield weapons are smaller, less powerful bombs with a strength below 20 kilotonnes.

The United States' so-called nuclear triad - the military's ability to launch and defend nuclear attacks with land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles and air-launched cruise missiles - will remain critical to its nuclear deterrence strategy.

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




Gabriel was responding to a so-called Nuclear Posture Review released Friday by the Pentagon that details the USA military's vision of nuclear threats and its response in the coming decades.

On Sunday, China joined worldwide condemnation of US nuclear policy.

'We expect that the United States leaves behind its Cold War mentality (.) understands China's strategic intention, its national defense plans and military development, ' Ren told reporters. A year ago it said that Washington's defense strategy tied to "outdated notions".

China has voiced its firm opposition to the new USA nuclear strategy that outlines plans to expand the country's nuclear capabilities.

The Russian foreign ministry accused the USA of warmongering, and said it would take "necessary measures" to ensure Russian security.

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

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif argued the proposals were in violation of the worldwide nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

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