North Korea has condemned the Australia-UK-US Defense Pact (AUKUS), which will equip Canberra with nuclear-powered submarines, and says it will retaliate if it sees its safety threatened.
“These are extremely unwanted and dangerous acts, which will upset the strategic balance in the Asia-Pacific region and set off a chain of nuclear arms race,” the Foreign Ministry said of the deal in a released statement. by the state news agency KCNA. .
The trilateral agreement announced last week strengthens cooperation in the development of advanced defense-oriented technologies, such as artificial intelligence, underwater systems and long-range surveillance, and aims to counter China in the face of its increased military activity in the Indo-Pacific region. .
North Korean regime said it was “natural” that countries like China condemned the pact for its “irresponsible” acts and “destroying regional peace and stability and the international nuclear non-proliferation system and catalyzing the arms race “. .
The Foreign Office has also backed complaints from France, which is angry with Australia’s cancellation of a French submarine contract, and accused the United States of “double playing” by allowing the propagation [of] nuclear technology if it is in its interest ”and“ to overthrow the international nuclear non-proliferation system ”.
Pyongyang said the establishment of an alliance such as UKUS shows that “building national defense capabilities from a long-term perspective should not be relaxed even a little in order to cope with the security environment. constantly evolving international “.
“We are taking a close look at the context of the recent United States decision and its outlook, and we will certainly take a corresponding countermeasure in the event that it even has a slight negative impact on the security of our country.”