Saturday, 24 February, 2018

Tehran: US Reliance on Nuclear Weapons Moves Humanity Closer to Annihilation

Europe must brake mounting nuclear arms race Germany Europe must brake mounting nuclear arms race Germany
Steve Townsend | 05 February, 2018, 06:19

China on Sunday criticized a US 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.

The document says enhancing deterrence capabilities with low-yield nuclear arsenals is necessary.

As the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to unveil its review of the U.S. nuclear posture, more experts are warning that developing a new type of nuclear weapon to meet President Donald Trump's demands would trigger an arms race.

In a written statement, Trump on Friday said US strategy is created to make use of nuclear weapons less likely.

China said on Sunday (Feb 5) it is "firmly opposed" to the United States' new nuclear weapons policy statement, describing its speculation about Chinese intentions as "wild guesses".

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.

The Pentagon document, which is largely in line with the previous review in 2010, said the United States would modify a small number of submarine-launched ballistic missile warheads with low-yield options.

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

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That has drawn sharp rebukes that Salvini is using the migrant crisis to foment xenophobia for political gain. Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said that "hatred and violence will not be able to divide us".


Commenting on the United States doctrine, Moscow called Washington's claims that Russian Federation had refused to further decrease its nuclear capabilities a "blatant falsification".

This U.S. Navy handout image shows Baker, the second of the two atomic bomb tests, in which a 63-kiloton warhead was exploded 90 feet under water as part of Operation Crossroads, conducted at Bikini Atoll in July 1946.

Land-based ballistic missiles, submarine-launched missiles, and air-delivered weapons - to be extensively modernised, as begun under ex-President Obama.

The doctrine notes that these activities are not intended at being employed for nuclear warfare, however, they are aimed at raising the U.S. nuclear threshold to ensure that the country's potential adversaries perceive no possible advantage in nuclear escalation.

Shanahan argued the clarification was "stabilizing" because he said having a nuclear response option to extreme non-nuclear attacks "lowers the risk of nuclear use by anyone".

Mattis told reporters the United States should not put all of its focus into defending attacks because it also needs better offensive options that match other countries' nuclear abilities. "This eventually can lead in one thing and that's a major war".

"The bomb dropped on Hiroshima was 'low-yield, '" the Nobel Peace Prize-winning nongovernmental organization said.

In 1970, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, or NPT, was ratified, and it was extended indefinitely in 1995.

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