NEW YORK – The three countries in the Tripartite Security Pact [AUCUS] agreement Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States are launching 18 months of consultations with the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] to ensure nuclear safety in the region. The news was announced by an Australian representative during the UN General Assembly, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing Interfax.
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“As part of this partnership, we have announced an 18-month consultation process to determine the best way for Australia to receive conventional nuclear submarines,” the diplomat said.
“We will be fully committed to the IAEA through [consultations] over the next 18 months,” the diplomat said.
The Australian delegation reaffirmed its commitment and confirmed that the new nuclear submarines would only be propelled in this way and would not have nuclear weapons. “This has not changed and will not change,” the diplomat concluded.
UK, US, and Australia form defense alliance AUKUS
US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Ministers Scott Morrison, and British Prime Ministers Boris Johnson have announced in September this year a new trilateral security partnership, AUKUS, as we reported.
While the Australia-UK-US partnership – AUKUS – sounds odd with all these acronyms, it’s good. (…) Our countries will renew and strengthen our common ability to confront threats of the 21st century just as we did in the 20th century: together,” Biden said during a joint presentation of the new alliance.
“This initiative aims to ensure that each of us has (…) the most advanced capabilities we need to maneuver and defend against rapidly evolving threats,” he said.
In turn, the Australian Prime Minister noted that “the world is becoming more complex”, especially in the Indo-Pacific region. To help ensure the security and stability that our region needs, we must now take our partnership to a new level, he said.
“AUKUS is a partnership in which our technology, our scientists, our industry, our defense forces work together to create a safer region that ultimately benefits everyone,” said Morrison.
According to the leaders, AUKUS will help protect the interests of the three countries in the Indo-Pacific region and will allow Australia to build nuclear submarines for the first time.
New Zealand banned future Australian subs
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has first commented on a deal between Australia, Britain, and the United States to build new nuclear submarines for the Royal Australian Navy. “New Zealand’s position on banning nuclear-powered ships in our waters remains unchanged,” she told Newshub.
BulgarianMilitary.com reminds you that back in 1987, New Zealand made a fundamental decision on the nuclear-free status of the territory and territorial waters of New Zealanders. Today, Jacinda Ardern reminded her Australian counterpart Scott Morrison, who informed her of Australia’s intentions to build nuclear submarines that it would abide by the decision made in the last century.
However, Jacinda Ardern welcomes her neighbors’ decision to build new nuclear submarines and ensure security in the region. According to her, the common goal of both New Zealand and Australia is to ensure security and peace in the Indo-Pacific region, of which New Zealand is a part. “New Zealand is primarily a country in the Pacific, and we look at foreign policy developments through the prism of what is in the region’s interest,” Ardern said.
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