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Biden’s submarine deal will force China and North Korea closer together & legitimise Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions

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20.09.2021

The intense controversy that has surrounded America’s new submarine deal with Australia and the United Kingdom, which is seemingly designed to target China, has overshadowed the fact that it also has implications elsewhere in East Asia.

Over the weekend, North Korea’s foreign ministry condemned the AUKUS agreement, stating that, “These are extremely undesirable and dangerous acts which will upset the strategic balance in the Asia-Pacific region and trigger off a chain of nuclear arms race.”

The remarks come following North Korea’s test last week of both a long-range missile and short-range ballistic missiles, a consequence of Washington and Pyongyang failing make any kind of diplomatic breakthrough over nuclear talks, and the latter slowly yet steadily upping the ante.

It is, of course, inevitable that even if the AUKUS upgrades are indeed aimed at China, North Korea – as a neighbour – will also perceive them as hostile. It is no coincidence, then, that Pyongyang also wants to create its own nuclear-powered submarine, although whether this is realistically achievable is questionable.

In tandem with North Korea’s own missile test, South Korea also tested its own submarine-based missile on the same day. President Moon Jae-in said it was to counter “omnidirectional threats” – in other words not just those coming from Pyongyang.

This chimes with the United States’ strategy, which in recent months has seen a ‘cap’ removed on Seoul’s domestic missile development that........

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