The 3rd anti-nuclear summit

March 23rd, 2014 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Andrea Vance writes:

As Europe hovers on the brink of a second Cold War (or so the rhetoric goes), there could not be a better time for more than 50 world leaders to gather to discuss nuclear security.

Prime Minister will join the likes of US President Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye in the Hague tomorrow.

The Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) was established back in 2009, by Obama, to respond to the threat of nuclear terrorism, and shore up international security systems around fissile materials.

It’s the third such meeting. Previous pow-wows failed to realise Obama’s ultimate goal: to secure all vulnerable nuclear materials by the end of 2013.

Key was a star-turn at the last summit in Seoul in 2012. In an off-the-cuff address, he cautioned a room chock-full of the world’s most powerful, that they would be held to account for failing to stop a nuclear terrorist attack.

The speech clearly made an impact on Obama – who gave Key a shout-out in his closing remarks.

I recall some on the left predicting that Key would be a catastrophe with foreign affairs as his background was all business and no government.

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35 Responses to “The 3rd anti-nuclear summit”

  1. deadrightkev (464 comments) says:

    As Rodney Hide very correctly highlighted in his article this morning I would prefer John Key actually stayed behind and carried out reform of health, education, social welfare and superannuation instead of spending his time chasing world leaders all over the globe.

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  2. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    No, it is actually good for the NZ prime minister to be out and about helping to forge the international connections we need as a successful trading nation.

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  3. stephieboy (3,007 comments) says:

    Sorry deadrightkev, John Key unlike Hide and ACT is a master of consensus politics which will surely see ACT consigned to 0.0 % or thereabouts come 20th September.
    John Keys approach to international affairs is pleasantly and surprisingly progressive and forward thinking.!.

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  4. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    BTW, I don’t think DPF should headline this as an ‘anti-nuclear summit’ given that it is a US initiative.

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  5. UglyTruth (4,551 comments) says:

    they would be held to account for failing to stop a nuclear terrorist attack

    The same point could be made about leaders who support conventional terrorism.

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  6. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

    It is really the Pacific and south Pacific is where they let their Nukes off
    and that is where it will Happen Again

    LET’s START WITH THE BASICs for you

    WHY DOES A NUCLEAR TEST IN THE AUSTRALIAN DESERT HAVE

    A MAORI NAME?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_nuclear_tests_at_Maralinga

    3/Taranaki 9 October 1957 06:45:?? aCST (9.5 hrs)
    Maralinga range, SAU: Taranaki 29.8948°S 131.5916°E 180 m (590 ft) + 300 m (980 ft) balloon weapons development 26.6 kt [19][20][21]

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  7. stephieboy (3,007 comments) says:

    UT, which leaders support conventional terrorism precisely.?
    Ben Dover, Maralinga is not a Maori name as far as am aware .The Maori alphabet does not use the Letter L too.!

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  8. iMP (2,383 comments) says:

    I think “second Cold War” is a long bow. Russia has moved to protect its border interests and sea port as Ukraine melts down and America is puffing up its feathers. I don’t think Russia sees anything like a Cold War here, anymore than mexican border incursions into the USA is a second Mexican-American War,

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  9. JMS (330 comments) says:

    stephieboy,

    the test site ‘Maralinga’ is an aboriginal name.

    one of the tests carried out there ‘Taranaki’ is a Maori name.

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  10. UglyTruth (4,551 comments) says:

    UT, which leaders support conventional terrorism precisely.?

    http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/article/374226

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  11. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

    You are pretty slow on it Buddy – looks like I will have to SPELL IT FOR YOU

    T A R A N A K I again
    TARANKI

    LET’s see if we can get your LITTLE CENTRE RIGHT peanut working

    WHY does a Nuclear test in “Australian Desert” have a “Maori Name”

    Here is the link
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_nuclear_tests_at_Maralinga

    scroll down

    9 October 1957
    it was above ground from a Balloon
    26.6kt

    That is quite large

    3/Taranaki 9 October 1957 06:45:?? aCST (9.5 hrs)
    Maralinga range, SAU: Taranaki 29.8948°S 131.5916°E 180 m (590 ft) + 300 m (980 ft) balloon weapons development 26.6 kt [19][20][21]

    Goodness that is so large I expect the fall out might even reach?
    …….? ? ? ?

    See if you can figure it out

    Here is a hint
    Google maps some of the other names there is a concentric pattern

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  12. Paulus (2,626 comments) says:

    stephieboy

    I was not aware that Maori had alphabet – who invented that ?

    Maralinga is an Aboriginal language like Maori.

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  13. stephieboy (3,007 comments) says:

    Ugly Truth, the Far Right are influencing Russia’s actions in the Crimea,

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117048/far-right-forces-are-influencing-russias-actions-crimea

    At least my link sites evidence and facts
    Yours doesn’t .!

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  14. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

    My god you must vote for JK
    you have to have everything explained to you
    slowly three times

    THE TARANAKI Nuclear test was AT MARALINGA
    that is the POINT

    WHY?

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  15. freemark (580 comments) says:

    Can anyone imagine Cun*liffe, Wussel & his co-leader, Winnie the Drunk, Hongi the racist or any combination having any credibilty at any international Forum that matters to the people of New Zealand? We’d be a fucking laughing stock, as they are here. What the hell is the aforementioned Drunk doing in China at the moment anyway..surely wouldn’t be a taxpayer funded trip with no trade (or any other) benefits would it? Maybe he’s looking at Racehorses & Fishing boats for his sponsors ..

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  16. ShawnLH (4,998 comments) says:

    UT’s link said nothing about terrorists but just repeated the Kremlin’s propaganda that the US is supporting Neo-Nazis in the Ukraine, which is a cover for Putin’s Slavophile racial empire building.

    UT does not understand what the word terrorist means.

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  17. prosper (164 comments) says:

    Why do some people think running a country is different from running a business. If a leader is a good CEO he/she will probably be good at running a government. Part of the reason NZ is not wealthier is because of people like Clark, Cullen, etc. Little if any business experience.

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  18. David Garrett (7,270 comments) says:

    Ben Dover @ 2.09: When you SPELL something out, it helps if you do so correctly…Now…see if you can spot the wee flaw in your instructions…

    But what have I missed here? The Brits once conducted a nuclear test with the code name “Taranaki”…and this is significant because??

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  19. BeaB (2,123 comments) says:

    Ben Dover
    I get it! It was a top secret nuclear test from a NZ balloon and to keep it secret they gave it a code name so we couldn’t make
    any connection to NZ.
    Some brilliant minds at work here.

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  20. UglyTruth (4,551 comments) says:

    UT does not understand what the word terrorist means.

    Did you get mind reading lessons from stephieboy, ShawnLH?

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/terrorism

    The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.

    repeated the Kremlin’s propaganda that the US is supporting Neo-Nazis in the Ukraine

    One man’s propaganda is another man’s truth.

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  21. UglyTruth (4,551 comments) says:

    At least my link sites evidence and facts
    Yours doesn’t .!

    You’ve already demonstrated your difficulty relating to facts, stephieboy.

    The evidence is the fact the the US is supporting neo-nazis in the Ukraine, and the fact that neo-nazis sometimes employ violence or threats of violence to coerce societies toward a political position.

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  22. stephieboy (3,007 comments) says:

    Ugly Truth , the US us supporting the Ukrainian Government in which there happen to be neo Nazis that also happen to be in many other countries like here and their equivalents in Russia.

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  23. stephieboy (3,007 comments) says:

    Their equivalents are here,

    http://www.google.co.nz/search?q=Neo+nazis+Russia&client=safari&rls=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=s1QuU_yaA42vkgXWi4CYBA&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=

    You view to much WND or RT.!
    WND to the far right of Fox news.!

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  24. Steve Wrathall (284 comments) says:

    Ukraine went nuke-free in the early ’90s in return for promises from the West that they would guarantee their borders. Didn’t help them , eh?

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  25. emmess (1,428 comments) says:

    Instead of projecting support from Neo-Nazis for either Russia or the Ukraine
    Why not see what they are saying first hand?

    http://www.stormfront.org/forum/t1027642/

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  26. cha (4,009 comments) says:

    Indeed emmess, it”s all a plot by the Juice.

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  27. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

    I get it! It was a top secret nuclear test from a NZ balloon and to keep it secret they gave it a code name so we couldn’t make
    any connection to NZ.

    NO TWERP

    part of NZ and Australian Nuclear History – that you should be aware of
    apart from Rutherford being the father of Nuclear science

    is the people of NZ and Australia were experimented on
    LIKE RATS by the British
    THAT is why the Ballon test at MARALINGA
    has Taranaki as its name

    THE FALL OUT WENT ALL THE WAY TO NZ

    CHECK IT DID
    and it was detected

    Unfortunately it seems to have affected your basic understanding of these issues

    The point I am making is this
    THEY DO NOT CARE WHAT HAPPENS IN THE PACIFIC

    THAT IS WHY INTERNATIONAL TENSIONS ARE FOCUSSED
    ON SMALL INSIGNIFICANT ISLANDS OFF THE COAST OF JAPAN

    IF IT GOES NUCLEAR IN THE PACIFIC
    NO ONE CARES
    NOT THEN NOT NOW
    AND NOT IN THE FUTURE

    THE SHOW DOWN WILL HAPPEN IN THE PACIFIC

    Because it lessens the Nuclear Risk

    That is why they are making a big deal about the
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senkaku_Islands

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  28. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Interesting factoid: Did you know that the British were interested in using the Kermadec Islands for their nuclear tests?

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  29. Johnboy (16,483 comments) says:

    The more I read of the outrageous claims made by the Tangata Whenua the more I suspect the British should have used the New Zealand Islands for their nuclear tests! :)

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  30. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

    Thanks for That I’d expect Don Brash would probably have handed it to them (by lunch time)

    I suppose after Fukishima and the Christchurch earthquake
    National can finally see the logic behind the Nuclear free policy
    if only geographic logic

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00101.htm

    Any Way you have had your Chernobyl
    and you didn’t even know it happened

    it is not a Factoid it is a Fact

    some of the other test names correspond with other small islands
    similar distances away near Papua New Guinea and Indonesia

    Obviously they were monitoring Fall out drift and spread
    and no it is not a coincidence the NZ Maori named test was from a Balloon
    how else would it drift

    YOU the PACIFIC and anyone in it
    From Japan to NZ are expendable to

    Britain France China and anyone else (many of your own politicians)
    the Pacific is a Nukable wasteland to them

    if one or two go off down here as they have in the past
    NO ONE CARES

    and if you don’t believe me
    Why was Stontium 90
    found in Cows milk in Northland in the 1950’s

    and there is the testament given to the NZ herald
    of RNZAF pilots above nz on classified mission
    with geiger counters

    It is just part of NZ Nuclear History you should be aware of
    I mean you can ask them what the naming logic was?
    and check their official story (if you need a laugh)

    The Economic Carnage of Fukishima has given china
    and opportunity to turn up the diplomatic heat on Japan
    which they have why miss an opportunity

    It is a wonderful world we live in

    It must be time for Korea to send a sky Rocket in Australia’s direction
    to celebrate that other Friend of Chinas Birthday
    You know the FAT Communist Brat
    http://www.digitaltrends.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Kim-Jong-Un-7.jpg
    again

    But don’t let that upset diplomatic trade relations will you
    IT iS ALL GOOD

    When you can’t repeal the Nuclear Free Legislation
    have a referendum to “Change the Flag”

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  31. Crusader (314 comments) says:

    who is this Ben Dover, and why is he shouting so much?

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  32. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Actually, I think Ben is calming down a bit. Perhaps he has remembered to take his pills.

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  33. Johnboy (16,483 comments) says:

    He’s our substitute for nuclear weapons. He can shout at least 5 MEGATONS! :)

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  34. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/pacific-on-alert-over-kim-jong-uns-north-korea-nuclear-test/story-fnb64oi6-1226823500891#

    Pacific on alert over Kim Jong Un’s North Korea nuclear test

    Someone buy him a train set

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  35. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

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