China reacts to AUKUS hypersonic missiles deal

TEHRAN, Apr. 06 (MNA) – China's envoy to the United Nations has reacted to the move by the UK, the US, and Australia to cooperate on hypersonic weapons under the trilateral AUKUS alliance.

Britain, the US, and Australia on Tuesday agreed to cooperate on hypersonic weapons and electronic warfare capabilities, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office said, following a call between leaders of the new defense alliance.

China's United Nations ambassador Zhang Ju warned that if the cooperation plan is implemented, other parts of the world may enter another war, such as Ukraine.

The new AUKUS alliance, launched last September, prompted Australia to cancel a contract for a conventional French submarine in favour of a nuclear submarine program supported by the United States and Britain, damaging relations with French President Emmanuel Macron.

In a joint statement, AUKUS leaders Johnson, US President Joe Biden, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said they were pleased with the progress of the programme for conventionally armed, nuclear-powered submarines for Australia, and that the allies would co-operate in other areas too.

"We also committed today to commence new trilateral cooperation on hypersonics and counter-hypersonics, and electronic warfare capabilities," the statement said.

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