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New Zealand Will Try To Stop N-Tests

Tue., Aug. 8, 1995

New Zealand will ask the International Court of Justice to stop France from carrying out nuclear tests in the Pacific, Prime Minister Jim Bolger said today.

Bolger said the government was aware its case wasn’t “a strong one,” but that officials felt New Zealand should take every opportunity to oppose the tests, set for next month.

Bolger said New Zealand would reopen a 1973 World Court case over French atmospheric nuclear tests. The court never ruled in the case because France moved the tests underground.

New Zealand’s case is considered weak because it appears to be having trouble finding evidence that underground tests at Mururoa Atoll caused as much contamination as atmospheric tests did.

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