McCully blunders into another made-for-movie moment

Sometimes you have to wonder about Murray McCully: he can’t say the word terrorism and now he won’t actually ask a simple question.

Surely, he could have seen this coming? It is the law after all.

New Zealand will not ask the United States to confirm or deny whether a visiting warship is nuclear armed if the invitation to send a vessel later this year is accepted.

Such a visit would end a 30-year standoff that started when New Zealand adopted an anti-nuclear policy in 1985, rejecting the proposed visit of the ageing destroyer USS Buchanan. The anti-nuclear legislation was passed by the Lange government in 1987.

The US has not sought a ship visit since that time, but is mulling whether to accept an invitation to join the New Zealand navy’s 75th anniversary celebrations in November.

New Zealand law, endorsed by National and Labour governments, requires the prime minister of the day to be satisfied any visiting ship does not carry nuclear weapons and is not nuclear powered.

However, Foreign Minister Murray McCully has verified that no foreign country is required “to make any declaration on nuclear armament or propulsion”.  

“The assessment is made by New Zealand officials … So the nuclear-free legislation is a domestic process that we need to satisfy,” he said.

“And that is conducted by way of formal advice from me as minister of foreign affairs to the prime minister under the act – of course, on the basis of advice I have received.”

That was on officials’ own assessment. “Now they may wish to incorporate material that has been supplied to them, but there is no requirement for them to seek a confirmation or denial as regards nuclear propulsion or armaments.”

On propulsion it was “pretty obvious”, while on armaments there were “well-declared public positions from governments”, McCully said.

To be fair, he’s kind of right and the US has said it doesn’t hold nuclear weapons on ships. Of course, ballistic missile submarines are somewhat different, being nuclear propelled and armed, but one of those isn’t coming here.

The US basically ceased carrying nuclear weapons on ships around the mid-1990s.

Andrew Little has said he’d do the same thing, that is until the hard left start bullying him into changing his position.

Labour leader Andrew Little confirmed on Sunday that he would take the same approach if he was prime minister.

His advice was that the assessments made by officials were “reasonably reliable”.

He believed the US wanted as strong a relationship as possible with New Zealand, and would not want to cause political embarrassment. So while it would never “confirm or deny”, he was confident the US would not send a nuclear armed or powered ship.

And wonders will never cease: the rat-faced c*nt Nicky Hager even agrees with McCully AND Andrew Little…AND me.

[A]uthor Nicky Hager, who was in the forefront of the anti-nuclear movement, has said a US warship visit would be on New Zealand’s terms, and it would not be carrying nuclear weapons. “The nuclear-free policy is not threatened.”

By 1994 the entire US surface fleet was denuclearised, and there are now no nuclear-capable surface ships or submarines.

So, no real issue there except for the hard-left and the Media party to get their panties in a bunch.

 

– Fairfax

 


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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