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AUKUS sub deal triggers debate on nuclear safeguards

China and Russia raise proliferation concerns at IAEA over deployment

The USS Missouri departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam: Australia announced a nuclear submarine pact with the U.S. and U.K. in September. (U.S. Navy photo via AP)

SYDNEY/JAKARTA -- Australia is expected to seek an exemption from the International Atomic Energy Agency's safeguards system operated for the deployment of the country's first proposed nuclear submarines, which has raised concerns in the region over a potential weakening of the global nonproliferation regime.

Australia unveiled its AUKUS defense pact with the U.S. and the U.K. in September, with the aim of containing China's growing military might in the Indo-Pacific region.

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