It’s a curious thing: why is John Key so shy about New Zealand’s nuclear-free policy when it is the very thing that got him invited to President Obama’s nuclear security summit?
Key told Audrey Young of the Herald that President Obama told him “New Zealand had well and truly earned a place at the table of the nuclear security summit”. But then he fails to mention our nuclear-free policy once in his three page statement to the summit. He saves any mention of it for remarks for the audience at home.
Why so shy Mr Key? Say it loud, I’m nuclear free and I’m proud!
Further in the Herald story it says Vice President Biden said he thought New Zealand could play a “leadership role working with other countries demonstrating that the world free of nuclear weapons could be a better place.’” I don’t know if Audrey Young got that from Mr Key or direct from Mr Biden but hell, does the White House have to spell it out any more clearly?
Now is the time for New Zealand to step up and take an active role working with other countries to push the nuclear disarmament agenda forward. Without international pressure on the nuclear weapons states to disarm President Obama won’t get very far with his plan for a world free of nukes.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has put forward a 5-Point Plan for nuclear disarmament, which includes the proposal for a Nuclear Weapons Convention that would over time lead to the abolition of nuclear weapons. The Prime Minister should get serious about this issue. There is a genuine opportunity here for New Zealand to stand up and play a leadership role. He should grab it.