'Cold war mentality': China blasts USA nuclear review calling Beijing a threat

China slams'wild guesses in US nuclear review

The statement also stressed that "China firmly adheres to the peaceful path of development and defensive nature of state policy, strictly complies with its obligations to implement the principle of never and under no circumstances using nuclear weapons first, as well as of never using or threatening to use nuclear weapons against states without nuclear capacity and in nuclear-weapon-free zones", reported Sputnik.

Upgrading the USA arsenal and complementing massive "strategic" bombs with smaller "tactical" weapons was "aimed at making use of nuclear weapons less likely", President Donald Trump said in a statement.

"The United States now faces a more diverse and advanced nuclear-threat environment than ever before, with considerable dynamism in potential adversaries' development and deployment programs for nuclear weapons and delivery systems", the document claimed on Friday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Gabriel was responding to a so-called Nuclear Posture Review released Friday by the Pentagon that details the U.S. military's vision of nuclear threats and its response in the coming decades. John Rood, Undersecretary of Defence for Policy, said: "There is no automaticity to this policy", when asked how the USA would manage responses to cases of "extreme circumstances".

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The document released on Friday by the Pentagon, known as the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), argues that developing smaller nuclear weapons would challenge that assumption.

The report says China has added new types of nuclear capabilities - ranging from a mobile intercontinental ballistic missile to a new ballistic missile submarine - "with little to no transparency into its intentions".

A leaked version of the review, which the Pentagon is set to release soon, shows that military officials in Washington are calling for the development of a low-yield nuclear bomb that is created to be used on the battlefield instead of urban areas.

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

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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 threat from North Korea and the uncertainty surrounding Iran are also major driving factors mentioned by the NPR. Bringing back sea-based nuclear missiles. The 74-page report, the Pentagon's first since 2010, cast China as "a major challenge to U.S. interests in Asia".

"We hope that the USA earnestly takes up its special disarmament responsibility, correctly understands China's strategic intentions and objectively views China's national defence and military build-up". Previous year it said that Washington's defense strategy tied to "outdated notions".

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.

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