US, New Zealand Share Bigger Issues Than A 30-Year-Old Nuclear Dispute
For the first time in over 30 years, an American naval ship can visit New Zealand.By Ryan Biek | July 21, 2016
New Zealand's taking another step in cementing the U.S. as not just a friend, but also an ally.
In November, the Pacific island nation will let a U.S. Navy ship visit one of its ports for the first time in over 30 years.
New Zealand became an anti-nuclear country during the 1980s. It started demanding to know if U.S. ships were carrying nuclear weapons before they docked. Since the U.S. liked to stay hush-hush about ships' capabilities, a rift followed.