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Decades-Old Nuclear Standoff Finally Ends … With New Zealand via NPR

A little-known, but longtime nuclear standoff ended this week when U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lifted a 26-year-old ban that kept New Zealand naval ships from docking at U.S. bases.

As the L.A. Timesreports, the ban stems from New Zealand’s nuclear-free policy that forbid U.S. warships carrying nuclear weapons or using nuclear power into the nation’s ports.

The ban resurfaced earlier this year when ships from New Zealand were denied permission to dock at Pearl Harbor during a large international naval exercise.

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