New Zealand doing its bit on nuclear power: John Key
Washington: John Key was in Washington during the weekend, pushing for tighter controls to stop terrorists getting hold of nuclear material. Prime Minister Key last Saturday said even though New Zealand has no nuclear weapons or nuclear power, it was important the small amount of radioactive matter used in medicine was properly monitored. Mr Key told Newstalk ZB that New Zealand’s nuclear-free status carried some weight at the Nuclear Security Summit in the American capital. The summit, which was first held in 2010, is an international effort to combat the threat of nuclear terrorism. Member states have worked together to secure vulnerable nuclear materials, break up black markets, and put measures in place to detect and intercept illicitly trafficked materials. In a statement, Mr Key said New Zealand was playing its part to ensure the threat of global nuclear terrorism would never be realised. “Although New Zealand is geographically isolated and has only small amounts of radioactive and nuclear material, this alone does not guarantee our security,” said Mr Key.
“We take our responsibility of ensuring these materials are safeguarded in our country very seriously.” Mr Key announced New Zealand’s ratification of two major nuclear security conventions at the summit -- an amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, and the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism. New Zealand Herald