Paul Buchanan: On Iran, NZ’s Silence Speaks of Subtle Shift
Wednesday, 21 March 2012, 11:05 am
Article: Paul G. Buchanan - A Word From Afar
On Iran, New Zealand’s Silence Speaks of a
Subtle ShiftPaul G.
March 21, 2012.
As one of the
most conspicuous non-nuclear states in the world, New
Zealand has a long history of involvement with
non-proliferation and disarmament issues. It is a
long-standing member of the International Atomic Energy
Association (IAEA) and of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG)
and is a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Its stance against French nuclear testing in the South
Pacific, and its declaration of non-nuclear status in 1985
are believed to have influenced the French decision to
abandon nuclear tests in the 1990s and made New Zealand an
icon of the nuclear non-proliferation movement.