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China fears nuclear leak after US submarine hit unknown object in South China Sea

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US officials shared a nuclear powered US Navy attack submarine struck an object while submerged in international waters. Eleven sailors were hurt, with two suffering moderate injuries, in the South China Sea incident.

China’s Foreign Ministry was gravely concerned by the US submarine incident.

According to state media outlet The Global Times, Zhao Lijian, foreign ministry spokesman, urged the US to share details of the incident.

They said the spokesman expressed “grave concerns” and want to know what was the “purpose of cruising”.

Mr Zhao also stressed the US should share “whether it caused a nuclear leak or damaged the marine environment”.

In a brief statement on Thursday, US Pacific Fleet said the USS Connecticut remained in a “safe and stable condition”.

They said the incident took place on Saturday, October 2 but added: “The extent of damage to the remainder of the submarine is being assessed.”

US officials told ABC.net.au said it was not yet clear what object the sub had struck but that it was not another submarine.

Officials said the submarine was now headed towards Guam under its own power for further inspections.

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