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Defense Minister Signs Cooperation Accord With U.S.

June 20 2012

New Zealand

The United States and New Zealand have signed an agreement to expand defense cooperation, though the deal does not change New Zealand's policy that bans port visits by nuclear-armed American warships, Agence France-Presse reports.

The agreement was signed Tuesday in Washington by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and visiting New Zealand Defense Minister Jonathan Coleman.

The agreement calls for bolstering "maritime domain awareness," which usually means sharing...

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