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US, UK to help Australia acquire nuclear submarines

Joe Biden
Posted at 1:36 PM, Sep 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-15 17:38:35-04

The United States, United Kingdom, and Australia entered into a partnership to build nuclear submarines in Adelaide.

The announcement was made Wednesday by the leaders of the three countries.

President Joe Biden said the partnership will allow the countries to take on the threats of the 21st century.

"I want to be exceedingly clear about this. We're not talking about nuclear-armed submarines. These are conventionally-armed submarines powered by nuclear reactors," Biden stated.

Biden said the partnership is necessary to secure a "free and open Indo Pacific."

"Today we take another historic step to deepen and formalize cooperation among all three of our nations. Because we all recognize the imperative of ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific over the long term," said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

In addition to the fleet of submarines, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the partnership will allow the countries to share vital security information.

"The UK, Australia, and the U.S. will be joined even more closely together," Johnson said.

Politico reports that the move is a counter to China in the Indo Pacific.