New Zealand do­ing its bit on nu­clear power: John Key

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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

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