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UK sends nuclear submarine to Malvinas
Tue May 22, 2012 3:35PM
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Argentina poses no threat. We will seek economic and diplomatic sanctions, but never increase militarization in the South Atlantic."

Argentine lawmaker Carlos Raimundi

Britain’s decision to send nuclear-powered HMS Talent submarine to the Malvinas Islands shows the growing tensions between the UK and Argentina, Press TV reports.


The UK Navy sent the “fearsome” and “deadly” submarine to the disputed territories “to warn off the saber-rattling Argies,” British media said.

The Trafalgar-class submarine arrived in secrecy at a port in South Africa this week. From South Africa, the sub will depart to the Malvinas, in what has been called “a show of strength.”

The “hunter kill” vessel, armed with Tomahawk missiles, is expected to arrive on June 14, which marks the 30th anniversary of the end of the war Argentina and the UK fought over the Islands.

The UN Special Committee on Decolonization will also address Malvinas question on June 14.

Press TV contacted British embassy in Buenos Aires about the submarine. “We make no official comments on the location of the submarines,” they said.

Argentine lawmaker Carlos Raimundi said Buenos Aires would not repeat warmongering policies like Britain.

“Argentina poses no threat. We will seek economic and diplomatic sanctions, but never increase militarization in the South Atlantic,” Raimundi told Press TV.

Buenos Aires and London fought a 74-day war in 1982 over the Islands, which ended with the British side claiming victory over the Argentines.

The United Nations has called on Britain to discuss decolonization. The UK has so far refused to do so.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez has reaffirmed her government’s peaceful intentions to solve the dispute only through diplomatic channels.

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