China, Iran, Russia Lash Out At US Nuclear Policy Plan

Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during the Tehran Security Conference in Tehran Iran

The Associated Press reported in January on key elements of the US nuclear review, based on a draft version of the document, including its endorsement of the Obama administration plan for fully modernizing the nuclear arsenal by building a new strategic bomber, a new land-based intercontinental ballistic missile and a new fleet of nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines.

The US is "shamelessly threatening Russian Federation with an atomic weapon", according to Iran's President Hassan Rouhani.

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Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif earlier warned in a tweet that the U.S. policy risked "bringing humankind closer to annihilation". They also said the Abe government's support for the United States strategy was at odds with Japan's past efforts in favor of abolishing nuclear weapons as the only country to have suffered a nuclear attack.

Far from deterring nuclear proliferation, the new United States review was likely to motivate other nations to follow the example of North Korea in defying global pressure to develop their own atomic deterrents, Freeman advised. The review alleged, among other things, that Russian Federation is "developing and deploying new nuclear warheads and launchers" and would "continue to increase its warhead delivery capacity" in the future.

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On Iran, the review said the main goal was to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons. The Trump administration, for its part, says it's "willing to engage in a prudent arms control agenda" while dismissing the idea of marginalizing nuclear weapons as a defense tool. "This new policy deliberately blurs the line between nuclear and conventional forces and eliminates a clear firewall", she warned.

In a statement, China's Defense Ministry said its own nuclear arsenal was at the "minimum level" required for its security and called on the U.S.to "abandon a Cold War mentality" and "shoulder its special and prior responsibility for its own nuclear disarmament". Berlin does not have its own arsenal, but the Pentagon maintained nuclear warheads in Germany as part of a huge military presence created to deter Soviet invasion of western Europe. Taking a dig at the USA, the Iranian president also said that the U.S. speaks of peace while threatening other nations with nuclear weapons.

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Maintaining the triad of land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, sea-based submarine-launched missiles, and air-based bombers capable of carrying nuclear bombs and missiles remains a top priority for the DOD, according to the review. "Trump's obduracy in killing the JCPOA stems from the same unsafe imprudence".

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