N.Z. Warns Soviets on Seals

Associated Press

Prime Minister David Lange warned the Soviet Union today that he will close his country's ports to Soviet ships if they keep killing seals in Antarctica.

The prime minister, speaking after a Cabinet meeting, replied to newspaper reports, which quoted the Greenpeace environmental group as saying the Soviet Union killed more than 4,000 Antarctic seals last summer. Soviet Embassy spokesman Vladimir Ivanov said the Soviet Union had consulted with New Zealand, adding that no international agreements protecting seals had been breached. He did not elaborate.

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