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U.S. to Help Australia Develop Nuclear-Powered Submarines in New Defense Partnership

Added 09-15-21 06:04:02pm EST - “A senior U.S. official said Australia would acquire nuclear-propulsion technology that the U.S. has only ever shared with the U.K.” - Nationalreview.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nationalreview.com: “U.S. to Help Australia Develop Nuclear-Powered Submarines in New Defense Partnership | National Review”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Biden administration announced a new defense partnership on Wednesday with Australia and the United Kingdom that will see Australia develop its own nuclear-powered submarines.

A senior U.S. official said Australia would acquire nuclear-propulsion technology that the U.S. has only ever shared with the U.K., in comments to the Financial Times. The submarines would not be equipped with nuclear warheads, and there is no agreement to help Australia acquire nuclear weapons.

President Biden said the three governments would undertake an 18-month consultation process to develop the program, at a joint press briefing with Australian prime minister Scott Morrison and British prime minister Boris Johnson, who spoke via teleconference.

“The United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia have long been faithful and capable partners, and we’re even closer today,” Biden said. The president later emphasized, “We all recognize the imperative of ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific over the long term.”

The trilateral defense partnership, to be known as AUKUS, will “foster deeper integration of security and defense-related science, technology, industrial bases, and supply chains,” according to a joint press release by the three heads of state.

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