NUKE GRAPHICS DELETED
Under pressure from the United States over a report outlining planned nuclear attacks on U.S. cities, the state-run newspaper Global Times recently deleted two graphics showing attacks on the Pacific Northwest and Los Angeles.
The Oct. 30 article in the Communist Party-affiliated newspaper known for its anti-U.S. stance carried the headline, “China Has Undersea Strategic Nuclear Deterrent Against United States for the First Time.”
The report included numerous photos of submarines and their missiles along with missile flight paths for targeting the East and West coasts of the U.S. The two most controversial graphics showed nuclear strikes on Seattle and Los Angeles.
The one on Seattle revealed what the article said was the “overall destructive assessment” of Chinese nuclear missiles hitting the city, including a radioactive debris plume spreading east to Chicago. The article said the attack would kill up to 12 million Americans.
The second graphic showed a similar assessment on Los Angeles. “The black circles are the area directly destroyed by five nuclear warheads,” the article said.
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert played down the Chinese nuclear threat when asked about the Global Times report at a conference in California.
“For a submarine-launched ballistic missile to be effective, it has to be accurate, and you have to be stealthy and survivable, and I’ll leave it at that,” Adm. Greenert said Nov. 16.
U.S. nuclear missile submarines remain powerful deterrents and are tested frequently, he added.
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