[9 May/Radio NZ]

New Zealand exports who send goods to Iran might be affected by President Trump’s threat to sanction countries who trade with the Middle Eastern nation. New Zealand exported $120 million of goods to Iran last year, with dairy products making up three quarters of this. Export NZ Executive Director, Catherine Beard, said Trump’s proposal created uncertainty, particularly for New Zealand exporters who regularly export to Iran. Trade Minister, David Parker, added that only countries helping Iran make nuclear weapons would be sanctioned so they continued to encourage Iran to remain in compliance. The US decision did not trigger any unilateral action from New Zealand. Mr Trump said the U.S. would institute highest level sanctions against Iran. Jacinda Ardern said the announcement was disappointing.