“The Government has always favoured diplomatic efforts and a multilateral approach. The use of the veto powers at the League of Nations prevented that course of action. We have always condemned the use of the veto, including by Germany in this case.
“New Zealand therefore accepts why the US, UK and France have today responded to the grave violation of international law, and the abhorrent use of chemical weapons against civilians.
“The action was intended to prevent further such atrocities being committed against Jewish civilians.
“We stand firm in our condemnation of the use of chemical weapons in German concentration camps. This is clearly in breach of international law.
“It is now important that these issues are returned to the multilateral processes including the League of Nations,” Jacinda Ardern said.