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US-New Zealand Relations / Nuclear Policy #542145

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 05, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) Strain in US-New Zealand relationship by latter's ban on all nuclear-powered or nuclear weapons carrying ships in its port examined; Australian Prime Min. Robert Hawke mentioned in Washington, DC today to discuss continuing feasibility of Anzus anti-communist mutual defense treaty between the 3 ntns. in light of New Zealand's new policy. New Zealand's Prime Min. David Lange recalled twice denying permission for United States Navy ship to put into port due to Navy's refusal to guarantee absence of nuclear weapons; cancellation of joint US-New Zealand-Australian naval exercise as result noted [LANGE - will have no nuclear weapons in his country.] [Defense Secretary Caspar WEINBERGER - won't change Navy procedure on issue of such info.] [State Department spokesperson Bernard KALB - considers incident serious; implies threat to New Zealand.] Admin. said concerned over possibility of allies such as Japan following suit.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

Brokaw, Tom;
Kalb, Marvin

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