New Zealand: Nuclear Snub Down Under

Nuclear Snub Down Under

Since he came to power last July, New Zealand's Prime Minister David Lange has resisted U.S. pressure to modify an election promise to close New Zealand's ports to all nuclear-armed or nuclear-powered ships. Such a stand would effectively ban all U.S warships from New Zealand ports, since Washington declines to indicate which of its ships carry nuclear weapons. The matter came to a head last week when Lange refused a routine U.S. request to allow an American naval vessel to call on New Zealand during naval exercises in March. The Prime Minister thus set the stage for a prolonged and potentially...

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