North Korea says US submarine deal, alliance could trigger ‘nuclear arms race’


Commuters in Seoul watch a North Korean missile test on a television in a railway station. Recent activity in the Asia-Pacific region points to a brewing arms race, as neighbours seek to counter the threat from each other. – EPA pic, September 20, 2021.

NORTH Korea’s foreign ministry said today a new US alliance in the Indo-Pacific and recent US submarine contract with Australia could trigger a “nuclear arms race” in the region.

Last week, the United States announced a new three-way security pact with Australia and the UK, as part of a strategic partnership under which US nuclear submarines will be supplied to Canberra.


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