France suspended its nuclear programme in April to encourage other nuclear powers to follow suit. But Britain and the United States rejected the offer and China replied in June by exploding one of its biggest devices. At the weekend, Jean Lichere, head of the military applications section of France's Atomic Energy Commission, suggested that the tests might resume.
Mr Bolger said the Foreign Minister, Don McKinnon, had protested to France. He said New Zealand and the South Pacific Forum could see 'absolutely no justification' for testing to resume.Reuse content