China,Russia and Iran condemn US Nuclear plans
Feb 4, Beijing: China has called on the US to drop its "Cold War mentality" after Washington today announced plans to diversify its nuclear armoury with smaller bombs.
"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.
The US military believes its nukes are seen as too big to be used and wants to develop low-yield bombs, that it can use.
The defence ministry in Beijing said Washington had played up the threat of China's nuclear threat, adding that its own policy was defensive in nature."We hope that the United States will abandon its Cold War mentality, earnestly assume its special disarmament responsibilities, correctly understand China's strategic intentions and objectively view China's national defence and military build-up," its statement said.
In the NPR document, the US accused China of "expanding its already considerable nuclear forces" but China defended its policy on Sunday saying it would "resolutely stick to peaceful development and pursue a national defence policy that is defensive in nature".
According to a document released by The Pentagon, known as the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), developing smaller nuclear weapons would challenge that assumption. Low-yield weapons with a strength of under 20 kilotons are less powerful but are still devastating.
The policy also proposes:
Land-based ballistic missiles, submarine-launched missiles, and air-delivered weapons - to be extensively modernised, as begun under ex-President Obama
Proposed modification of some submarine-launched nuclear warheads to give a lower-yield or less powerful detonation
Return of sea-based nuclear cruise missiles to counter the "growing threat from revisionist powers", such as China and Russia, was at the heart of America's new defence strategy announced last month.
Similarly,Russia has condemned the plan, and has accused US of warmongering, While the Iranian government has claimed such an act would bring the world "closer to annihilation".
The Oslo Times International News Network