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Key Mum On Clinton's Intelligence Sharing Arrangement

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Wellington, Oct 12 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key is refusing to say what United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meant when she said the US had resumed intelligence sharing with New Zealand.

Mrs Clinton said after meeting with Foreign Minister Murray McCully last week that the relationship between the two countries was a good one

"We very much value New Zealand's partnership and its leadership (in many areas)... We are resuming our intelligence-sharing cooperation, which we think is very significant," Mrs Clinton said.

The statement came as a surprise to many political observers as it had widely been believed that intelligence sharing had not suffered as part of the fall out over New Zealand's nuclear ban in the 1980s.

Asked if he could explain the comment, Mr Key said: "I can't actually. I can say that in a number of areas the relationship is progressing... I just don't comment on issues of national security."

The US has recently indicated that it is open to the idea of more joint military training exercises between the two countries as another indicator of warming relationships.

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