Iran says United States nuclear policy brings world 'closer to annihilation'

Iran says United States nuclear policy brings world 'closer to annihilation'

Iran says United States nuclear policy brings world 'closer to annihilation'

But in Sunday's statement, Ren accused the United States of "presumptuous speculation" about China's intentions.

Daryl Kimball, the head of the Arms Control Association advocacy group in Washington, said that the development of new weapons in the USA nuclear arsenal was "dangerous, Cold War thinking".

The US military has proposed diversifying its nuclear arsenal and developing new, smaller atomic bombs, largely to counter Russian Federation.

"The US Nuclear Posture Review reflects greater reliance on nukes in violation of the #NPT, bringing humankind closer to annihilation", Zarif said on the social network.

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.

Days after Washington published a document outlining it's plans to expand its nuclear capabilities to deter others, Asian giants, China has accused the United States of having a "Cold War" mentally.

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.

China on Sunday criticized a USA government report that cast Beijing as a potential nuclear adversary and called on Washington to reduce its own much larger arsenal and join in promoting regional stability.

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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.

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 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.

According to reports, the review of US 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.

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

This isn't the first time that China has used the Cold War label to denounce USA policy.

The document said the U.S. will develop for deployment a "low-yield" nuclear warhead for submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

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