Diplomacy: A Rise in the Temperature

A Rise in the Temperature

"Our peace is not for sale," said embattled New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange during a one-day stopover in Los Angeles. Replied a testy U.S. State Department official: "If they deny access to our ships, they are not performing as a responsible ally." The simmering dispute between New Zealand and Washington over the Prime Minister's refusal to allow port calls by U.S. nuclear-powered or nuclear-equipped vessels heated up last week as Lange visited first the U.S. and then Britain.

In a speech to California businessmen, the burly Prime Minister said he had been told by a Washington official that the U.S....

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