Monday, 20 August, 2018

Beijing accuses USA of Cold War mindset on nuclear arms

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Carol Daniels | 05 February, 2018, 06:21

"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.

Officials say the addition of low-yield weapons will counter Russia's perceived belief that it could use its own low-yield weapons against the United States in a limited "first-use" basis that would provide an advantage to Moscow in a low-level conflict without causing US nuclear retaliation.

A Defense Ministry statement said China's nuclear arsenal is the "minimum level" required for security.

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

The Pentagon said last week that the planned tactical warhead for some ballistic missiles and the reintroduction of a nuclear-tipped cruise missile would help to deter a limited nuclear strike.

As the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to unveil its review of the U.S. nuclear posture, more experts are warning that developing a new type of nuclear weapon to meet President Donald Trump's demands would trigger an arms race.

The doctrine notes that these activities are not intended at being employed for nuclear warfare, however, they are aimed at raising the United States nuclear threshold to ensure that the country's potential adversaries perceive no possible advantage in nuclear escalation.

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"The US Nuclear Posture Review reflects greater reliance on nukes in violation of the NPT [Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons], bringing humankind closer to annihilation".

American nuclear planners believe potential adversaries overseas, especially Russian Federation, assume America would never use its existing arsenal as the effects would be too devastating and provoke globally catastrophic retaliation.

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".

China will resolutely stick to peaceful development and pursue a national defence policy that is defencive in nature, Ren said.

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

The NPT, which came into force in 1970 and has been signed by nearly all countries including the United States, calls on nations "to achieve at the earliest possible date the cessation of the nuclear arms race and to undertake measures in the direction of nuclear disarmament".

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