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New Zealand approves first US Navy ship visit in 3 decades

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The government on Tuesday announced it had cleared the way for the first visit by a US Navy vessel since a rift formed between the two countries 32 years ago.

The USS Sampson, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, would attend the Royal Navy's international naval review in Auckland from November 17 to 22, Prime Minister John Key said in a statement.

"Under New Zealand's nuclear-free legislation, I am required to be satisfied that any foreign military ship entering is not nuclear armed," said Key.

"I have granted this approval after careful consideration of the advice provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade," he said.

"New Zealand's legislation also does not allow ships which are nuclear propelled into and the advice I received from officials is that the USS Sampson is not nuclear powered."

"looks forward to the USS Sampson's participation in the international naval review to mark the Royal Navy's 75th anniversary. The visit is a further reflection of the depth of the bilateral relationship with the United States," Key said.

Key and US Vice President Joe Biden, on the first visit by an American vice president to since 1970, confirmed in June that the US Navy had accepted an invitation.

Peace activists have vowed to take to the seas to disrupt any US Navy visits.

Activists last attempted to block US Navy visits in the early 1980s, before the government banned visits by nuclear armed and powered vessels.

The US froze out of defence cooperation after the ban due to New Zealand's anti-nuclear stance, but the Washington and Wellington declarations of recent years have seen renewed military contacts.

--IANS

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New Zealand approves first US Navy ship visit in 3 decades

The New Zealand government on Tuesday announced it had cleared the way for the first visit by a US Navy vessel since a rift formed between the two countries 32 years ago.

The government on Tuesday announced it had cleared the way for the first visit by a US Navy vessel since a rift formed between the two countries 32 years ago.

The USS Sampson, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, would attend the Royal Navy's international naval review in Auckland from November 17 to 22, Prime Minister John Key said in a statement.

"Under New Zealand's nuclear-free legislation, I am required to be satisfied that any foreign military ship entering is not nuclear armed," said Key.

"I have granted this approval after careful consideration of the advice provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade," he said.

"New Zealand's legislation also does not allow ships which are nuclear propelled into and the advice I received from officials is that the USS Sampson is not nuclear powered."

"looks forward to the USS Sampson's participation in the international naval review to mark the Royal Navy's 75th anniversary. The visit is a further reflection of the depth of the bilateral relationship with the United States," Key said.

Key and US Vice President Joe Biden, on the first visit by an American vice president to since 1970, confirmed in June that the US Navy had accepted an invitation.

Peace activists have vowed to take to the seas to disrupt any US Navy visits.

Activists last attempted to block US Navy visits in the early 1980s, before the government banned visits by nuclear armed and powered vessels.

The US froze out of defence cooperation after the ban due to New Zealand's anti-nuclear stance, but the Washington and Wellington declarations of recent years have seen renewed military contacts.

--IANS

ksk

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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New Zealand approves first US Navy ship visit in 3 decades

The government on Tuesday announced it had cleared the way for the first visit by a US Navy vessel since a rift formed between the two countries 32 years ago.

The USS Sampson, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, would attend the Royal Navy's international naval review in Auckland from November 17 to 22, Prime Minister John Key said in a statement.

"Under New Zealand's nuclear-free legislation, I am required to be satisfied that any foreign military ship entering is not nuclear armed," said Key.

"I have granted this approval after careful consideration of the advice provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade," he said.

"New Zealand's legislation also does not allow ships which are nuclear propelled into and the advice I received from officials is that the USS Sampson is not nuclear powered."

"looks forward to the USS Sampson's participation in the international naval review to mark the Royal Navy's 75th anniversary. The visit is a further reflection of the depth of the bilateral relationship with the United States," Key said.

Key and US Vice President Joe Biden, on the first visit by an American vice president to since 1970, confirmed in June that the US Navy had accepted an invitation.

Peace activists have vowed to take to the seas to disrupt any US Navy visits.

Activists last attempted to block US Navy visits in the early 1980s, before the government banned visits by nuclear armed and powered vessels.

The US froze out of defence cooperation after the ban due to New Zealand's anti-nuclear stance, but the Washington and Wellington declarations of recent years have seen renewed military contacts.

--IANS

ksk

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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