United States should not run on anti-peace pathway, says China

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

"The United States already possesses a diverse array of nuclear capabilities, and there is no evidence that more usable weapons will strengthen deterrence of adversaries or compel them to make different choices about their arsenals", Mr. Kimball wrote on the group's website.

According to the review, the USA will sustain its strategic nuclear triad systems, largely deployed in the 1980s or earlier, until the planned replacement programs are deployed.

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

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

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.

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Berlin does not have its own arsenal, but the Pentagon maintained nuclear warheads in Germany as part of a enormous military presence created to deter Soviet invasion of western Europe.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif earlier warned in a tweet that the U.S. policy document posed the risk of "bringing humankind closer to annihilation".

The policy also recommends: Land-based ballistic missiles, submarine-launched missiles, and air-delivered weapons-to be extensively modernized, as begun under ex-President Obama. Modifying some submarine-launched nuclear warheads to give a lower-yield detonation.

Return of sea-based nuclear cruise missiles.

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

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Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed "deep disappointment" at the plan.

"Most of these warheads are of the type that can destroy entire cities, but the USA also deploys bombers in Europe that are capable of dropping bombs with lower explosive yields", Fleming said, warning that any US nuclear buildup may lead to "a renewed arms race and a more risky world".

The current USA non-strategic nuclear force consists exclusively of a relatively small number of B61 gravity bombs carried by F-15E and allied dual capable aircraft (DCA).

In the NPR document, the USA accused China of "expanding its already considerable nuclear forces" but China defended its policy on Sunday saying it would "resolutely stick to peaceful development and pursue a national defence policy that is defensive in nature".

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