BEIJING China said Tuesday it is waiting for "clear explanations" from Washington of a Defense Department report that lists it among possible targets for nuclear strikes.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Sun Yuxi indicated he wasn't satisfied with explanations from Secretary of State Colin Powell and national security adviser Condoleezza Rice that the United States doesn't plan to use nuclear weapons.
"We are now waiting for the U.S. side to offer up further more formal and clear explanations," Sun said at a regular news briefing.
The classified Defense Department "nuclear posture review" submitted to the U.S. Congress outlined the possible use of nuclear weapons against countries that possess or are developing weapons of mass destruction.
Along with China the review cited Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Russia and Syria.
Sun repeated an earlier statement that China was "deeply shocked" to be in the group.
China and the United States have an agreement not to target each other with nuclear weapons.
Sun insisted that China's small nuclear arsenal is no threat to any other country.
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