5:01 P.M. EDT
PRIME MINISTER MORRISON: Well, good morning from Australia. I’m very happy to affix two nice pals of freedom and of Australia: Prime Minister Johnson and President Biden.
Today, we be part of our nations in a next-generation partnership constructed on a robust basis of confirmed belief.
We have all the time seen the world via the same lens. We have all the time believed in a world that favors freedom; that respects human dignity, the rule of legislation, the independence of sovereign states, and the peaceable fellowship of nations.
And whereas we’ve all the time appeared to one another to do what we consider is correct, we have now by no means left at — one another. Always collectively. Never alone.
Our world is turning into extra complicated, particularly right here in our area, the Indo-Pacific. This impacts us all. The future of the Indo-Pacific will influence all our futures.
To meet these challenges, to assist ship the safety and stability our area wants, we should now take our partnership to a brand new stage — a partnership that seeks to interact, to not exclude; to contribute, not take; and to allow and empower, to not management or coerce.
And so, pals, AUKUS is born — a brand new enhanced trilateral safety partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. AUKUS: a partnership the place our know-how, our scientists, our business, our protection forces are all working collectively to ship a safer and safer area that finally advantages all.
AUKUS may even improve our contribution to our rising community of partnerships in the Indo-Pacific area: ANZUS; our ASEAN pals; our bilateral strategic companions, the Quad; Five Eyes nations; and, of course, our expensive Pacific household.
The first main initiative of AUKUS will probably be to ship a nuclear-powered submarine fleet for Australia. Over the subsequent 18 months, we’ll work collectively to hunt to find out the finest manner ahead to realize this. This will embrace an intense examination of what we have to do to train our nuclear stewardship duties right here in Australia.
We intend to construct these submarines in Adelaide, Australia, in shut cooperation with the United Kingdom and the United States.
But let me be clear: Australia shouldn’t be looking for to amass nuclear weapons or set up a civil nuclear functionality. And we’ll proceed to fulfill all our nuclear non-proliferation obligations.
Australia has an extended historical past of protection cooperation with the United States and the United Kingdom. For greater than a century, we have now stood collectively for the course of peace and freedom, motivated by the beliefs we share, sustained by the bonds of friendship we have now cast, enabled by the sacrifice of those that have gone earlier than us, and impressed by our shared hope for many who will comply with us.
And so, right this moment, pals, we recommit ourselves to this trigger and a brand new AUKUS imaginative and prescient.
PRIME MINISTER JOHNSON: I’m delighted to affix President Biden and Prime Minister Morrison to announce that the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States are creating a brand new trilateral protection partnership, referred to as AUKUS, with the goal of working hand in glove to protect safety and stability in the Indo-Pacific.
We’re opening a brand new chapter in our friendship, and the first activity of this partnership will probably be to assist Australia purchase a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines, emphasizing, of course, that the submarines in query will probably be powered by nuclear reactors, not armed with nuclear weapons. And our work will probably be absolutely in step with our non-proliferation obligations.
This will probably be one of the most complicated and technically demanding initiatives in the world, lasting for many years and requiring the most superior know-how. It will draw on the experience that the UK has acquired over generations, relationship again to the launch of the Royal Navy’s first nuclear submarine over 60 years in the past; and collectively, with the different alternatives from AUKUS, creating a whole lot of extremely expert jobs throughout the United Kingdom, together with in Scotland, the north of England, and the Midlands, taking ahead this authorities’s driving objective of leveling up throughout the complete nation.
We may have a brand new alternative to bolster Britain’s place at the forefront of science and know-how, strengthening our nationwide experience. And maybe most importantly, the UK, Australia, and the U.S. will probably be joined much more carefully collectively, reflecting the measure of belief between us, the depth of our friendship, and the enduring energy of our shared values of freedom and democracy.
Only a handful of nations possess nuclear-powered submarines, and it’s a momentous determination for any nation to amass this formidable functionality and, maybe, equally momentous, for another state to come back to its help. But Australia is one of our oldest pals, a kindred nation and a fellow democracy, and a pure accomplice on this enterprise.
Now, the UK will embark on this mission alongside our allies, making the world safer and producing jobs throughout our United Kingdom.
Thank you. Over to you, Mr. President.
PRESIDENT BIDEN: Thank you, Boris. And I need to thank that fellow down below. Thank you very a lot, pal. Appreciate it, Mr. Prime Minister.
I’m honored right this moment to be joined by two of America’s closest allies — Australia and the United Kingdom — to launch a brand new section of the trilateral safety cooperation amongst our nations.
As Prime Minister Morrison and Prime Minister Johnson mentioned, I need to thanks for this partnership, your imaginative and prescient
as we embark collectively on this strategic mission.
Although Australia, the UK, and U.S. partnership — AUKUS — it sounds unusual with all these acronyms, nevertheless it’s an excellent one, AUKUS — our nations will replace and improve our shared means to tackle the threats of the twenty first century simply as we did in the twentieth century: collectively.
Our nations and our courageous preventing forces have stood shoulder-to-shoulder for actually greater than 100 years: via the trench preventing in World War I, the island hopping of World War II, throughout the frigid winters in Korea, and the scorching warmth of the Persian Gulf. The United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom have lengthy been devoted and succesful companions, and we’re even nearer right this moment.
Today, we’re taking one other historic step to deepen and formalize cooperation amongst all three of our nations as a result of all of us acknowledge the crucial of making certain peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific over the long run.
We want to have the ability to handle each the present strategic atmosphere in the area and the way it might evolve. Because the future of every of our nations — and certainly the world — depends upon a free and open Indo-Pacific enduring and flourishing in the a long time forward — forward.
This is about investing in our biggest supply of energy — our alliances — and updating them to higher meet the threats of right this moment and tomorrow.
It’s about connecting America’s present allies and companions in new methods and amplifying our means to collaborate, recognizing that there isn’t a regional divide separating the pursuits of our Atlantic and Pacific companions.
Indeed, this effort displays a broader development of key European nations enjoying a particularly vital function in the Indo-Pacific.
France, particularly, already has a considerable Indo-Pacific presence and is a key accomplice and ally in strengthening
the safety and prosperity of the area.
The United States seems to be ahead to working carefully with France and different key nations as we go ahead.
And lastly, this initiative is about ensuring that every of us has a contemporary functionality — the most fashionable capabilities we want — to maneuver and defend in opposition to quickly evolving threats.
AUKUS will deliver collectively our sailors, our scientists, and our industries to keep up and develop our edge in navy capabilities and essential applied sciences, resembling cyber, synthetic intelligence, quantum applied sciences, and undersea domains.
You know, as a key mission below AUKUS, we’re launching consultations with Australia’s acquisition of conventionally armed, nuclear-powered submarines for its navy — conventionally armed.
I need to be exceedingly clear about this: We’re not speaking about nuclear-armed submarines. These are conventionally armed submarines which might be powered by nuclear reactors. This know-how is confirmed. It’s secure. And the United States and the UK have been working nuclear-powered submarines for many years.
I’ve requested Secretary Austin and the Department of Defense
to steer this effort for the U.S. authorities in shut collaboration with the Department of Energy and Department of State.
Our governments will now launch an 18-month session interval to find out each factor of this program — from workforce, to coaching necessities, to manufacturing timelines, to safeguards and nonproliferation measures, and to nuclear stewardship and security — to make sure full compliance with every of our nation’s commitments below the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
We’ll all undertake this effort in a manner that displays the longstanding management in world nonproliferation and rigorous verification requirements, in partnership and session with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
So, I need to thank the Prime Minister — Prime Minister Morrison and Prime Minister Johnson for his or her friendship, however principally vital for his or her management and partnership as we undertake this new section of our safety cooperation.
And the United States may even proceed to work with ASEAN and the Quad, as was acknowledged earlier; our 5 treaty allies and different shut companions in the Indo-Pacific; in addition to allies and companions in Europe and round the world to keep up a free and open Indo-Pacific, and construct a future of peace, alternative
for all the individuals of the area.
We’re becoming a member of collectively. Partnerships are getting stronger. This is what we’re about.
I need to thanks all. And I look ahead to seeing each of you in particular person very quickly, I hope.
Thank you. Thank you.
5:12 P.M. EDT