nuclear submarines: New Zealand does not; Nuclear submarine ban to continue – new zealand ban on nuclear submarines to stay despite australia request

Prime Minister Jacinta Arden has barred Australia’s nuclear submarines from entering New Zealand territory.

Jacinta has said the decades-old ban will not be lifted as Australia seeks to develop a nuclear submarine.

Jacinta said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison had explained Canberra’s plans to develop nuclear-powered submarines with the help of the United States and Britain.

The project, led by the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, has been described as a ‘five eyes’.
But Jacinta described the deal as “basic technology and defense hardware.”

“This arrangement will not change the security or intelligence relationship between the three countries and Canada,” the New Zealand leader was quoted as saying by the French news agency France Press.

Jacinta has now stated that the ban on nuclear-ships, which has been in place since 1985, will continue. The essence is that the naval property developed by Australia will not allow Wellington to touch the water.

“New Zealand’s decision to ban nuclear-powered vessels in our waters remains unchanged,” Arden said.

The ban on the entry of nuclear-powered submarines and ships into New Zealand comes in the wake of the French nuclear test in the Pacific.

In addition, the U.S. Navy has banned its warships from entering New Zealand ports for the past 30 years.

At the end of 2016, the highly destructive USS Sampson visited New Zealand. John Key, then Prime Minister, made special concessions. He also revealed that he was 100 percent sure that no nuclear weapons of any kind were stored on board. It was after this that he granted concessions.

But the United States has not confirmed or denied that they are nuclear-capable ships.

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