New Zealand Navy in North KoreaPosted: August 27, 2017
The Editor, The Listener,
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04 September, 2017
New Zealand Navy ship Te Kaha returned to Devonport in July after sailing with the USA Seventh Fleet through the Western Pacific. Consider the implications for NZ anti-nuclear stance if any NZ Navy ship was sailing with a US fleet when an attack was launched over the Korean crisis.The mutual inflammatory rhetoric from the USA and North Korea implicates any navy involved in the fleet. Anti-nuclear advocates world-wide would see New Zealand as compromising its anti-nuclear claims. If nuclear weapons were used by either side with NZ forces in the mix then in international diplomatic circles our nuclear-free reputation would be in tatters. We would be left only with our illusion that the current nuclear-free legislation was ever going to be enough to be truly ‘anti-nuclear’ in a world full of nuclear weapons.
published week dated 16-22 Sept., 2017