17 Jan 2020

NZ not about to 'cut and run' from Iraq - Dep PM

From Summer Report, 7:17 am on 17 January 2020

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The Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is defending the decision to keep Kiwi troops in Iraq, saying New Zealand is not about to cut and run.

Tensions in the region have heightened this month since the death of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and Iran's subsequent targeting of two US bases in Iraq.

Fifty New Zealand soldiers are in the country and due to stay till June. The Greens want them out now - but Mr Peters says that's not the plan.

RNZ's deputy political editor, Craig McCulloch, reports.