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Pentagon wants low-yield nukes to counter Russian Federation says Nuclear Posture Review

05 February 2018

The US government issued the medium to long-term nuclear strategy on Friday. John Rood, Undersecretary of Defence for Policy, said: "There is no automaticity to this policy", when asked how the United States would manage responses to cases of "extreme circumstances". "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".

Washington also considered China a possible nuclear adversary and noted that the USA arsenal is created to "prevent Beijing from mistakenly concluding" that it can take advantage if it uses its atomic weapons in Asia, or that "the use of nuclear weapons on a limited scale is acceptable".

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.

Earlier in a tweet, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned that the US policy document pose the risk of bringing humankind closer to annihilation. It overturns years of Obama-era policy that sought to reduce the size and power of the United States' nuclear arsenal.

Pentagon unveils sweeping nuclear strategy changes
He said it was also long-standing US policy to "maintain some ambiguity" on when the USA would use nuclear weapons. "The SLC-M would reassure Japan and South Korea against the nuclear threat from South Korea", the "Post" said .

The NPR has called for nuclear weapons in the form of "low-yield" warheads that can be launched from the sky or from submarines in cruise missiles and smaller ballistic missiles.

Proposed modification of some submarine-launched nuclear warheads to give a lower-yield or less powerful detonation.

The Donald Trump administration said that it will continue to develop its nuclear arms policy and will adopt a stronger stance with Russian Federation, which it threatened with the high costs of launching a limited atomic attack on Europe.

The US military has put countering China and Russian Federation, dubbed "revisionist powers", at the centre of a new national defence strategy unveiled earlier this month.

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"The US Defense Department published the country's nuclear doctrine, which contained absurd assumptions on China's development plans, exaggerating the threat of the Chinese nuclear forces, we strongly oppose this", a statement, published on the ministry's official WeChat account, read.

Historically a close USA ally and key North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member, nuclear weapons were a divisive issue in Germany's Cold War politics.

The document also says China continues to increase the number, capabilities and protection of its nuclear forces.

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

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Pentagon wants low-yield nukes to counter Russian Federation says Nuclear Posture Review