US relations with France plummeted this year after a US-UK defense deal with Australia effectively torpedoed a French submarine contract. Vice President Kamala Harris hopes to do some damage control in Paris.
North Korea has confirmed that it tested a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile on Tuesday, making it the fifth in a round of missile tests by the country since September.
France is looking to shore up EU support as the fallout from a surprise defense deal grows. The US, Australia and Britain insist that the diplomatic crisis wouldn't affect their long-term relations with France.
Pyongyang has said it would take action if a new Indo-Pacific alliance between the US, Australia and the UK had "even the smallest negative effect" on North Korea's security.
Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian lamented the "duplicity, disdain and lies" from allies over the growing crisis. The French Ambassador to Australia said he read about the scuttled defense deal in the Australian press.
Senior French ministers on Thursday accused Australia and the United States of betrayal after Canberra ditched a $38.6 billion (€32.8 billion, AU$50 billion) submarine deal with France in favor of US vessels.
Authorities said they recovered debris that indicated the submarine with 53 crew members sank. The submarine's oxygen reserve was estimated to run out early Saturday.
20 Feb 2018
The ARA San Juan, a navy submarine, disappeared in November 2017. Searches have revealed no trace of the vessel and crew. Argentina's government has offered a 5 million dollar reward for information. The families of the missing say that's not enough.
7 Oct 2017
Danish police said on Saturday they have found the head and the legs of Swedish journalist Kim Wall who died in mysterious circumstances on an inventor's homemade submarine.