Claiming to be a victim of nuclear weapons while enjoying the US nuclear umbrella, Japan's position on nuclear disarmament is “hypocritical and self-contradictory”, China said on Friday.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Wang Wenbin made the remarks at a routine press conference in Beijing in response to a reported upcoming US-Japan joint statement calling on China to improve its nuclear transparency.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will present a framework for cooperation toward a world free of nuclear weapons, Yomiuri Shimbun reported.
The statement was also expected to include the expansion of nuclear safeguards for Japan in response to threats, the Tokyo-based news media reported.
“Claiming to be a victim of nuclear weapons while enjoying the US nuclear umbrella, Japan's position on nuclear disarmament is hypocritical and self-contradictory,” Wang said.
The US has the world's largest and most advanced nuclear arsenal and does not seriously fulfill its nuclear disarmament obligations, the ministry spokesperson said.
The US has invested heavily in upgrading its "nuclear triad," developing low-yield nuclear weapons and lowering the threshold for nuclear weapon use, he said.
The US has also promoted the deployment of a global anti-missile systems and land-based nuclear forces in Europe and the Asia Pacific, he asserted.
“The US has promoted the establishment of a military clique with Cold War elements by selling nuclear submarines and strengthening the nuclear umbrella,” Wang said. “Such actions seriously damage global strategic stability, undermine international peace and security, and seriously affect the nuclear disarmament process.”
The US should “earnestly assume its special priority responsibility for nuclear disarmament in accordance with UN documents and international consensus,” the spokesperson said.
The US should continue to reduce its nuclear arsenal substantially “in a verifiable, irreversible and legally binding manner,” and contribute to maintaining global and regional stability, he said.
“The Japanese side should be cautious in words and deeds, earnestly fulfill its obligations under the treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and adopt a responsible attitude in safeguarding regional peace and stability,” Wang said.
China has always been firmly committed to a “self-defensive nuclear strategy” and has “kept its nuclear force at the minimum level required for national security,” he said. China stays committed to the policy of no first use of nuclear weapons, Wang noted.
“This is transparency in the most practical sense,” he said.
(Compiled by Lin Huizi)