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A deal on nuclear submarines sparks a diplomatic conflict between the United States and France

2021-09-17T22:34:00.078Z

France withdraws its ambassadors from the United States and Australia after the pact reached by these two countries to develop a type of weaponry that damages their strategic interests.



By Dartunorro Clark - NBC News

France announced on Friday the withdrawal of its ambassadors to the United States and Australia after feeling that

its interests in the region of the Indian and Pacific oceans have been undermined

by the new agreement signed by the Joe Biden Administration on nuclear submarines.

"This exceptional decision is justified by

the exceptional gravity of the announcements

made on September 15 by Australia and the United States," explained Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister of Foreign Affairs, in a statement.

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In this photo provided by the United States Navy, the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Missouri (SSN 780) departs from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on September 1.

Australia decided to invest in US nuclear powered submarines and ditch its contract with France to build diesel-electric submarines.

Earlier this week, Biden announced a security alliance with Australia and the United Kingdom.

One of the first measures of the United States as part of the agreement will be to

help Australia in the purchase of nuclear submarines,

 which offer more stealth capabilities, speed and range than traditional ones, according to the president. 

Only a handful of countries, including China and Russia, have nuclear-powered submarines.

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The French minister said that this new pact constitutes an offense to an agreement between France and Australia.

"The cancellation of the Attack-class submarine program that has linked Australia and France since 2016, and the announcement of a new partnership with the United States aimed at launching studies on possible future cooperation on nuclear-powered submarines, constitute

a unacceptable behavior between allies and partners,

”said the French foreign minister.

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What happened has consequences that "directly affect the vision we have of our agreements, of our allies and of the importance of the Indo-Pacific for Europe," he said. 

Source: telemundo

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