US announces Australia's renunciation of nuclear weapons under AUKUS

US announces Australia's renunciation of nuclear weapons under AUKUS

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According to the US Ambassador to the UN, the supply of nuclear submarines to Australia does not violate the main agreements in the field of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, and Australia itself is "not trying" to get weapons of this kind.

Australia is not seeking to acquire its own nuclear weapons as part of Washington, Canberra and London's implementation of the Tripartite Security Partnership (AUKUS). This was stated by US Permanent Representative to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

“The AUKUS initiative is to provide Australia with nuclear submarines with conventional weapons <...>. Australia is not trying and is not going to get a nuclear weapon,” she said.

At the same time, according to her, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) does not prohibit countries from having warships with nuclear power plants.

Last November, Australia's ambassador to the US, Arthur Sinodinos, also said the country had no plans to build its own nuclear infrastructure under AUKUS. At the same time, he specified that the Australian authorities "within 12-18 months" will clarify a number of aspects related to the construction of submarines with nuclear power plants.

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