Australia news live: government agrees nuclear submarine deal with US and UK | Australia news

I am delighted to join president Biden and prime minister Morrison to announce that the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States are creating a new trilateral defence partnership known as AUKUS, with the aim of working hand in glove to preserve security and stability in the Indo-Pacific.

We’re opening a new chapter in our friendship and the first task of this partnership will be to help Australia acquire a fleet of nuclear powered submarine, emphasising, of course, that the submarines in question will be powered by nuclear reactors – not armed with nuclear weapons. And our work will be fully in line with our non-proliferation obligations.

This will be one of the most complex and technically demanding projects in the world. Lasting for decades and requiring the most advanced technology. It will draw on the expertise that the UK has acquired over generations dating back to the launch of the Royal Navy’s first nuclear submarine over 60 years ago.

And together, with the other opportunities from AUKUS, creating hundreds of highly skilled jobs across the United Kingdom, including in Scotland, the north of England and the Midlands, taking forward this government’s driving purpose of levelling up across the whole country.

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