New Zealand- will not lift a decades-long ban on nuclear-powered vessels entering its waters. It’s key ally Australia’s decision to develop a nuclear submarine fleet, will not change their decision Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday.
Ardern said her Australian counterpart Scott Morrison
had briefed her on Canberra’s plan to develop nuclear-powered submarines with the help of the United States and Britain.
She described the deal as “primarily around technology and defence hardware”, playing down implications for the so-called “Five Eyes” partnership of the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand
This arrangement in no way changes our security and intelligence ties with these three countries, as well as Canada,” the New Zealand leader said in a statement. New Zealand would maintain a ban on nuclear-powered vessels that dates back to 1985. This means Wellington will not allow the prized naval asset. Australia is developing this in it’s waters.
New Zealand’s position in relation to the prohibition of nuclear-powered vessels in our waters remains unchanged,”
The ban was introduced in the wake of French nuclear testing in the Pacific. Official US is to neither confirm nor deny whether its vessels are nuclear-capable. credits: Wikipedia