Foreign Affairs Minister: Preference not to have nuclear-powered vessels in NZ respected

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Fri, 17 Sep 2021, 6:31PM
Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta. (Photo / NZ Herald)
Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta. (Photo / NZ Herald)

Foreign Affairs Minister: Preference not to have nuclear-powered vessels in NZ respected

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 17 Sep 2021, 6:31PM

New Zealand's none too pleased at the prospect of nukes in our waters.

The United Kingdom, United States and Australia have signed a three-way military deal to counter Chinese influence in the Asia Pacific.

The first initiative is to supply nuclear submarine technology to Australia.

Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta told Heather du Plessis-Allan the Pacific has a long held position of staying nuclear-free.

“We’ve expressed this very preference not to have nuclear-powered vessels operating in our waters, so it’s well understood and respected.”

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