White House says report by AUKUS parties asking Japan to join alliance is ‘inaccurate’
Washington, April 14 (ANI/Sputnik): The report that Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States (AUKUS) informally asked Japan to join the AUKUS partnership is not accurate, said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki. “The information is inaccurate,” Psaki said during a press briefing on Wednesday.
Earlier today, Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun reported that the AUKUS parties had informally invited Japan to join the alliance to help develop hypersonic weapons, which is one of the pact’s initiatives. AUKUS member states are interested in a close partnership with Japan, as the country’s strong technological potential in cyberspace, quantum technologies and artificial intelligence can be used in the development of hypersonic weapons and tools. electronic warfare.
Japanese officials are said to be split over the proposal, with some lawmakers backing a stronger alliance involving the US amid China’s growing military power while others doubt the feasibility of the idea since Japan is cooperating already with each of the three countries, reported the Sankei Shimbun. . Last September, Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom announced the new trilateral defense partnership, which forced Canberra to walk away from a $66 billion contract with France to develop 12 submarines. conventionally powered Barracuda-class attack after the AUKUS alliance pledged to bolster the Australian fleet with nuclear-powered submarines from the United States.
Japan hailed the establishment of the defense alliance and supported the AUKUS partners’ decision to develop hypersonic weapons and electronic warfare capabilities announced earlier in April. (ANI/Sputnik)
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