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(From BBC Monitoring International Reports)
[Presenter Sen Lam] New Zealand is playing down comments by the United States ambassador calling for Wellington to abandon its long-held anti-nuclear stance. US Ambassador Charles Swindells says New Zealand's ban on visits by US warships limits the relationship between the two countries and the US is not going to just get over it. The ambassador says the nuclear issue is not cost-free, adding that Washington is not prepared to schedule free trade agreement [FTA] negotiations with New Zealand at this time.
Speaking to "Asia-Pacific's" Kellie Day, New Zealand Foreign Minister Phil Goff denied that the US is trying to bully his country into dumping its anti-nuclear stance.
[Goff] No, he's not trying to do that. He explicitly said that they had never made the nuclear issue a …