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North Korea says US submarine deal, alliance may set off ‘nuclear arms race’

SEOUL: North Korea’s overseas ministry on Monday (Sep 20) stated a brand new US alliance within the Indo-Pacific and up to date US submarine contract with Australia may set off a “nuclear arms race” within the area.

Final week the US introduced a brand new three-way security pact with Australia and Britain, as a part of a strategic partnership below which US nuclear submarines might be equipped to Canberra.

“These are extraordinarily undesirable and harmful acts which is able to upset the strategic steadiness within the Asia-Pacific area and spark off a sequence of nuclear arms race,” North Korean state media KCNA quoted a overseas ministry official as saying.

“This exhibits that the US is the chief perpetrator toppling the worldwide nuclear non-proliferation system,” stated a overseas information part chief on the ministry’s Division of Press and Data.

On Wednesday, nuclear-armed North Korea fired off two missiles into the ocean, with Seoul successfully test-firing a submarine-launched ballistic missile hours later, changing into solely the seventh nation on the planet with the know-how.

The spate of missile checks and bumper protection offers within the Pacific have highlighted a regional arms race that’s intensifying as a China-US rivalry grows.

“It’s fairly pure that neighbouring nations together with China condemned these actions as irresponsible ones of destroying the peace and stability of the area,” the North Korean official stated.

US President Joe Biden’s new Australia-US-Britain protection alliance is extensively seen as aimed toward countering the rise of China.

His administration’s relationship with North Korea has marked a change in tone from his predecessor Donald Trump, who engaged in a unprecedented diplomatic bromance with North Korean chief Kim Jong Un.

“The US double-dealing angle getting all of the extra pronounced after the emergence of the brand new administration erodes the universally accepted worldwide norm and order and significantly threatens the world peace and stability,” the North Korean ministry official stated.

The official added that North Korea “will definitely take a corresponding counteraction in case it has even somewhat adversarial impression on the safety of our nation”.


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