Cook Islands PM defends seabed mining plan

Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown defends the issuance of exploration licenses for seabed mining.

Mr Brown has accused foreign leaders calling for a ban to be “hypocritical” and “ironic”.

New Zealand is one of a dozen countries supporting a conditional moratorium on mining in international waters.

But Mr Brown insists his jurisdiction could lead the world in sustainable mining of metals needed to support the green energy transition.

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