An international diplomatic incident ensued in 1985 when the US suspended New Zealand from the ANZUS defence treaty. The 1951 agreement pledged military cooperation between the US, New Zealand and Australia. Anti-nuclear protests in New Zealand prompted the passing of legislation banning visits by nuclear-armed or -propelled vessels to New Zealand ports. The US responded by dropping its ANZUS obligations to New Zealand. Eric Heath's cartoon shows a US navy commander indicating that an incoming National government might overturn the nuclear ban and repair the treaty. However, the ban has remained in place under both Labour and National governments, although military cooperation between New Zealand and the US was officially restored in 2010.
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