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AUKUS pact delivers blow to nuclear nonproliferation regime

Submarine deal provides Iran excuse to pursue illicit weapons program

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, center, U.S. President Joe Biden, right, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, announce the AUKUS pact in Canberra on Sept. 16.   © AAP Image via AP

DUBAI/LONDON -- A newly minted trilateral defense pact among the U.S., the U.K. and Australia, dubbed AUKUS, represents a major step forward in Washington's strategic effort to build a network of alliances to counter China's accelerating naval expansion.

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