China Slams US 'Cold War Mentality' Amid Nuclear Policy Shift

A sculpture titled Dangerous Game by Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn right is displayed in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami Friday Dec. 8 2017. The two-part installation shows a giant hand holding a nuclear missile as if it were a dart

The Pentagon on Friday released the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) in which it said that the United States wants to prevent China from mistakenly concluding that any use of nuclear weapons, however limited, is acceptable.

In a statement issued by China's Ministry of Defence on Sunday, the United States was urged to drop its "Cold War mentality" and not misread its military build-up.

"Most of these warheads are of the type that can destroy entire cities, but the USA also deploys bombers in Europe that are capable of dropping bombs with lower explosive yields", Fleming said, warning that any US nuclear buildup may lead to "a renewed arms race and a more risky world".

Regarding China, in addition to describing the Asian country as an adversary, Washington pointed out that it is ready to prevent Beijing from taking advantage if it uses that military technology in Asia or accepts its use in a lesser scale. According to Politico, the strategy is to counter aggressive moves by Russian Federation and China in upgrading their nuclear arsenal. "We hope that the United States earnestly takes up its special disarmament responsibility, correctly understands China's strategic intentions and objectively views China's national defence and military build-up". China has also long maintained it will never allow first use of its atomic weapons.

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"Expanding flexible USA nuclear options now, to include low-yield options, is important for the preservation of credible deterrence against regional aggression", the report says.

Upgrades to its nuclear arsenal have received less attention, partly because of its small size, estimated by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute at just 270 warheads compared to 6,800 for the US.

"That is why precisely we in Europe must begin new initiatives for arms control and disarmament".

"The Americans are shamelessly threatening Russian Federation with a new atomic weapon", Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist who opened the way to Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers including longtime adversary Washington, said in a speech.

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

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif earlier warned in a tweet that the USA policy document posed the risk of "bringing humankind closer to annihilation".

Iran's nuclear deal, reached with six world powers, lifted some worldwide sanctions in exchange for curbs to its nuclear programme. Low-yield weapons with a strength of under 20 kilotons are less powerful but are still devastating.

During his campaign, Trump promised to expand and strengthen the United States' nuclear arsenal.

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It is unclear whether the document represents a final budget proposal or will be subject to last-minute negotiation and revision. Most DOE funds go to clean up nuclear waste sites across the US , and to maintain the country's stockpile of nuclear weapons.

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