New Zealand (NZ) Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has declared that Australia’s future nuclear submarine fleet will not be allowed into New Zealand’s territorial waters.
Establishment of a nuclear fleet in Australia, the first step in a newly announced trilateral security partnership AUKUSExpects the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States to partner with Australia to “significantly deepen cooperation on various security and defense capabilities.”
Talk in Press conference Ardan said on September 16 that he was pleased to see Britain and the United States increasing their involvement in the Pacific, but declared that Australia’s new nuclear submarine would not be welcomed on Kiwi’s territory.
“New Zealand’s position on the ban on nuclear vessels in our waters has not changed,” Ardan said.
“They couldn’t get into our internal waters. Our law is that anything that is partially or fully powered by nuclear energy can’t get into our internal waters. Means. “
Ardan also said he was not concerned that the new partnership would affect New Zealand’s foreign security agreement with Australia.
“This is not a treaty-level arrangement,” she said. “The existing relationships, including the Five Eyes, and our close partnership with Australia on defense issues remain unchanged.”
“This is not at the level of existing partnerships, including, for example, the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada, and does not undermine the existence of that arrangement.”
She said she was informed of the proposal by the Australian Government on the same day.
“We are in close contact with issues that are important to both of us, but as you can imagine, Prime Minister Morrison is unlikely that New Zealand is interested in building a nuclear submarine. I was also aware of it. “
New Zealand has shown a strong stance on nuclear power since the 1980s, when it banned nuclear ships from using ports and entering territorial waters in 1984. In 2012, the ban on US warships was lifted.
In 1987 the New Zealand Labor Party government New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, Arms Control Act, Make New Zealand a nuclear-free zone.
The law was claimed to be a crucial moment in New Zealand’s sovereignty and self-determination, but as a result, the United States suspended the obligations of the ANZUS Treaty to New Zealand.
ANZUS (Australia, New Zealand, US Security Treaty) is a non-binding, collective security agreement from 1951 between Australia, the United States, and New Zealand. It connects nations to respond to attacks on other nations within the arrangement.
Despite Ardan’s guarantee that AUKUS will not affect NZ, foreign affairs experts believe that the new partnership will reduce the importance of the ANZUS Convention.
“ANZUS will disappear in the background compared to this,” Joseph Siracusa, a part-time professor of international diplomacy at Curtin University, told The Epoch Times.
“I know that this arrangement is a reaffirmation of multilateralism in which multiple countries work together, whether in trade, defense or water, and is a victory for multilateralism, not bilateralism. “He said. Oppose Beijing, which tended to “pick off enemies one at a time”.
Joe Hockey, a former Australian treasurer and Australian ambassador to the United States, said: Sky news On September 16th, AUKUS is “ANZUS 2.0”.
Hockey said the new partnership was a game changer, taking Australia’s defenses to a new level.
“It’s not just a treaty, it’s important to make realistic and concrete efforts to share capabilities, save our country, and protect our country in the future,” Hockey said. Said.