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A Chinese official told Newsweek that Beijing rejects the Pentagon 's characterization of growing People's Liberation Army capabilities in a new report, arguing that it was the United States stirring nuclear tensions, not China.

The Department of Defense published its latest assessment on "Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China" on Wednesday, making note of a number of observations, including a growing Chinese nuclear weapons and ballistic missile force .

The report estimated that the People's Liberation Army Rocket Force has already doubled its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) force from 150 to 300 and would seek to nearly quadruple its nuclear warhead from a current count of somewhere above 400 to 1,500 by 2035.

But Liu Pengyu, spokesperson for the Chinese...
North Korea has also been testing the Hwasong-14 ballistic missile.

This has a range of 8,000km - although some studies have suggested it could travel as far as 10,000km, making it capable of reaching New York.

It is the first of North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missiles

The Hwasong-15 missile is believed to have a range of 13,000km, putting all of the continental US in its sights.

In October 2020, North Korea unveiled the latest of its ballistic missiles - the Hwasong-17 - believed to have a range of 15,000km or more.

It could possibly carry three or four warheads, rather than only one - making it harder for a nation to defend itself.

Several attempts to launch the longer-range Hwasong-17 are thought to have failed, although it may have been used in a test carried out on 24 March this year.

The unveiling of the new missiles appeared to be a message to the...