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NZ foreign policy not affected by inclusion in US military framework - minister

NZ foreign policy not affected by inclusion in US military framework - minister
The United States unilaterally added New Zealand to its military-industrial base framework 18 months ago.

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New Zealand's inclusion in US military-industrial base framework does not affect foreign policy - Peters

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has stated that New Zealand's inclusion in the US National Technology and Industrial Base (NTIB) does not impact the country's foreign policy. The United States unilaterally added New Zealand 18 months ago, under a military trade law, without the involvement of the New Zealand government. The move was only recently brought to light by the Green Party. In response to concerns about deeper integration into US frameworks, Peters assured that there are no risks to mitigate and that New Zealand's inclusion in the NTIB was a US decision. The minister emphasized that New Zealand makes its own decisions freely, consistent with its vital national interests. Any concerns or opportunities around the inclusion in NTIB discussions were directed to the Ministry of Defence.

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