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New Zealand summons Japan ambassador over whaling row

Published on Feb 10, 2014 12:27 PM

WELLINGTON (AFP) - New Zealand on Monday called in Tokyo's ambassador to protest about a Japanese whaling ship entering its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), escalating a diplomatic row over the incident.

Foreign Minister Murray McCully said officials summoned Japanese ambassador Yasuaki Nogawa to express "deep disappointment" at the incursion last Friday.

The complaint to Japan's ambassador comes after the South Pacific nation, one of the strongest critics of Tokyo's whaling programme, had already hauled in the embassy's deputy head of mission for a tongue-lashing.

"Today's meeting with the ambassador served to further reiterate how deeply disrespectful the vessel's entry into our EEZ was," Mr McCully said in a statement.

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