* Text fwd from Corazon Valdez Fabros on Nov. 6, 2010.
4 November 2010
US, New Zealand sign strategic deal after nuclear row
New Zealand and the US have signed a strategic co-operation document to restore relations after a 25-year row.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully signed the Wellington Declaration at parliament.
It commits the two countries to regular foreign ministry, trade and military talks.
Military ties were damaged 25 years ago when New Zealand refused to allow US nuclear-armed ships to dock.
New Zealand has banned nuclear-armed and nuclear-powered ships visiting its ports since 1985.
The US traditionally refuses to say whether its ships are nuclear-powered or not, so New Zealand has refused entry to all of them.
* Comment to this from Robert Leonard on Nov. 6, 2010
BBC has got it wrong on the nuclear capability of US warships. It is easy to determine if a ship is nuclear powered. That's a matter of public record. A quick visit to Jane's warships online will reveal much detail about a given ship. But the matter of nuclear weapons on board is the sticking point. The US routinely "neither confirms nor denies" the presence of nuclear weapons on any of its military "vehicles", be they ships, aircraft, anything that moves. NZ does not accept ship visits because of that NCND policy. But our "nuclear free" country does see fit to allow NCND military transport aircraft to transit Christchurch International Airport, no questions asked. The Christchurch Anti-Bases Campaign has protested against this serious breach of our so-called nuclear free status for decades.