US, Britain deal to supply Australia with nuke-powered subs creates more diplomatic issues for Biden

The international deal announced Wednesday for the United States and Britain to provide nuclear-powered submarines to Australia to patrol the Pacific is creating diplomatic challenges for President Biden.

Amid the deal, Australia told France it would end its contract with a state majority-owned company to build 12 conventional submarines, resulting in a sharp response from French leaders who are demanding an explanation from all stakeholders.

"It was really a stab in the back. We built a relationship of trust with Australia, and this trust was betrayed," said French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, according to the Associated Press. 

The contract was reportedly worth tens of billions of dollars.
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