Australia’s nuclear submarine fleet banned from New Zealand waters
Jacinda Ardern has declared Australia’s nuclear submarine fleet will be banned from New Zealand waters.
The Kiwis have been nuclear-free since the 1980s and have no interest in relaxing the ban.
“New Zealand’s position in relation to the prohibition of nuclear powered vessels in our waters remains unchanged,” Ms Ardern said on Thursday.
“New Zealand is first and foremost a nation of the Pacific and we view foreign policy developments through the lens of what is in the best interest of the region.”
The landmark deal will see Australia work alongside the US and UK to develop a nuclear powered submarine fleet.
Ms Ardern said although the new submarines would not be welcome within her country’s borders, she was still in favour of the new deal between Australia, the US and the UK.
“We welcome the increased engagement of the UK and US in the region and reiterate our collective objective needs to be the delivery of peace and stability and the preservation of the international rules based system,” she said.
New Zealand was not part of the nuclear submarine deal.
But Ms Adern said it would not change her country’s close security and intelligence ties with the three nations, which are all members of the Five Eyes alliance, along with Canada.
Originally published as Australia’s nuclear submarine fleet banned from New Zealand waters
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