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Reaction to the US ship visit decision

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/07/2016

REACTION TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT A US NAVY SHIP WILL VISIT NEW ZEALAND

* "We welcome the visit after 30 years of opposition from the United States, and see it as an acceptance of our nuclear-free status" - Labour's deputy leader Annette King

* "In the end, it's the United States government that's changed and not us" - author and peace activist Nicky Hager

* "The US government's decision to send a ship here marks something distinctly positive - a victory for the people of nuclear-free New Zealand" - Greenpeace's Russel Norman

* "It clearly signals that the US accepts New Zealand's non-nuclear policy" - security analyst Paul Buchanan.

* "Warships have no place in our peaceful country" - Auckland Peace Action.

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