A 30-year ban on foreign naval ships that have nuclear capacity has been dropped by New Zealand in a move that promises to restore full military relations with Britain and America. In 1985 the country’s Labour government under David Lange barred western warships from its ports if they had nuclear weapons aboard. The measure destroyed the so-called US defence umbrella but emboldened anti-nuclear campaigners. Now, timed to coincide with the New Zealand navy’s 75th anniversary celebrations in November, the government of John Key has invited the US navy to its shores.
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There are 500 fewer nuclear warheads in the world now than a year ago. But despite this, none of the nine nuclear powers shows any signs of giving up their atomic weapons, experts have warned. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said in its annual report on nuclear forces data that global nuclear arsenals have been shrinking since their Cold War-peak of nearly 70,000 warheads in the mid-1980s.
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ANTI-NUCLEAR protestors are due to campaign outside the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Aldermaston today. It’s part of a month-long series of protests at the plant. “The aim is to make it as difficult as possible for the plant to continue its ongoing work assembling, refurbishing and upgrading the atomic warheads for Britain’s Trident submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles,” explained Nigel Day, from the Oxford Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
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