In 1985 the Labour-led New Zealand government refused to allow American warships into New Zealand ports without confirmation that the vessels were neither nuclear-powered nor nuclear-armed. In reaction, the US suspended military cooperation with New Zealand under the ANZUS alliance, but New Zealand attracted international attention for its anti-nuclear stance. A high point of this attention came with an invitation to the prime minister, David Lange, to address the Oxford Union in the UK in March 1985. In this clip Lange responds with characteristic wit to an interjection. The anti-nuclear policy rapidly became central to New Zealand's identity.
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