The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported the maintenance of peace and security on the Korean Peninsula,” said Mr Peters. “This will be the third such P-3 deployment, following previous deployments in October 2019 and September 2018. “The full implementation of UNSC sanctions resolutions is an important step towards the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation of North Korea. New Zealand’s P-3 deployments contribute to the international community’s collective efforts to achieve this,” said Mr Peters. The sanctions resolutions, adopted unanimously by the UNSC between 2006 and 2017, are intended to persuade North Korea to denuclearise and abandon its ballistic missile capabilities. Consistent with prior deployments, the P-3 ...

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Michael Hooper trying to get to grips with Caleb Clarke. Photo/Photosport It’s the tackle which makes the toughest of rugby players grimace. Bledisloe Cup star Caleb Clarke revealed that Wallabies captain Michael Hooper grabbed his testicles, as Clarke went on one of his many tackle busting runs at Eden Park. But far from being overawed, Clarke took the nearest available medical advice and tried to get Hooper back during the second Bledisloe Cup rugby test. Clarke was being interviewed on Sky TV after the game, where he was shown some of his amazing runs which inspired the 27–7 victory. “You know Michael Hooper grabbed my nuts just then…it was really sore. I was trying to push his hand off,” said Clarke after reviewing the tape. “In this run I tried to get him back…Pete (Gallagher) our physio said just get him back. I tried to do it there,” he revealed ...

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