Pentagon Adding New Nuclear Capabilities, Keeping Nuclear Triad to Deter Attacks

05 February, 2018, 02:58 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • US China will need to work together for their armies to become a stabilising factor in Sino-US relations and in the region | Reuters

"The US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation require a wider range of credible low-yield nuclear options" to deter Russian Federation from using its own smaller nuclear weapons, Greg Weaver, the deputy director of strategic capabilities for the military's Joint Staff, told reporters Friday.

"We hope that the United States will abandon its Cold War mentality", Mr Ren said.

China is "firmly opposed to this", Mr Ren said.

China accused the United States of "presumptuous speculation" about China's intentions, and said it has always adopted a restrained attitude towards the development of nuclear weapons and kept its nuclear forces to a minimum.

Since taking office in 2012 President Xi Jinping has pushed for a muscular China, including calls last October to develop a "world-class" military by 2050.

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. It also says that nuclear weapons could be used to respond to "extreme circumstances", including non-nuclear attacks.

The US military believes its nuclear weapons are seen as too big to be used and wants to develop low-yield bombs, Russian Federation has already condemned the plan.


"We want to see a world that is free of nuclear weapons, but our nuclear policy needs to be rooted in the reality of the world we live in, where aggressive regimes like North Korea threaten us and our allies with their pursuit of illegal nuclear and ballistic weapons".

The review, the first of this kind since 2010, also calls for a "lower-yield" option with less powerful explosive capacity for ballistic and cruise missiles launched from submarines.

Iran's foreign minister claimed it brought the world "closer to annihilation".

"The United States, the country that owns the world's largest nuclear arsenal, should take the initiative to follow the trend instead of going against it", said China's Ministry of Defence in a statement on Sunday.

Mr Trump gave the Iran nuclear deal, negotiated before he took office, a final reprieve last month but warned European allies and Congress they had to work with him to fix "the disastrous flaws" in the pact or face a United States exit.

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".

He said he would waive sanctions against Iran that were lifted as part of the worldwide deal for the last time unless his conditions were met.

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