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February 26, 1985

New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange, before departing for Los Angeles, told reporters that he will defend his nation's ban on visits by nuclear warships, a policy that has strained relations with Washington and threatened the defense alliance linking his country with the United States and Australia. Lange, who arrived in Los Angeles later in the day, said he will tell U.S. officials that "New Zealanders are a responsible people" and that Washington should not be "so extraordinarily heavy" in its response.

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