New Zealand Prime Minister John Key (L) speaks with US
President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White
House in Washington. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
New Zealand would support American air strikes in Iraq,
John Key has announced, comparing the situation in Iraq to
"I suspect I would adopt the same position I have in Yemen
which is to say we're opposed to terrorism, we're opposed to
al-Qaeda, the same is the case with ISIL [Islamic State of
Iraq and the Levant]," Prime Minister John Key said on The
Nation this morning.
"We've designated them as a terrorist group. We see them as
bad people out there to create carnage and unrest and on the
back of that we've supported those drone strikes in so much
that we've accepted the US has done that at the invitation of
"Given that we've designated them terrorist group and if it
was at the invitation of the Iraqi government, we certainly
wouldn't condemn it," Mr Key said.
He also reiterated that there was no appetite for a
conventional American "boots on the ground" invasion and said
it was possible information gathered by Five Eyes would be
used in drone strikes on ISIL.
Also on the Nation, Labour Party leader David Cunliffe said
the past week "hasn't been too bad a week at all" despite the
revelation he wrote a letter on behalf of controversial
businessman Donghua Liu which he claimed he could not recall.
"This week has galvanised support for me and for Labour," Mr
"What's happened is that support for me within my team is
absolutely rock solid and I think public support has
galvanised in the face of what people can see is pretty petty
politics by the current government."