That's a very big call, for if true, it represents a huge breach of maritime law and convention which does not seem to Adolf to sit well with the culture of the National Party. Not only would it be a huge breach but it would put at risk all NZ maritime personnel who found themselves in need of rescue by the Japanese authorities.
For what it's worth, Adolf would rescue the Japanese whalers and leave the pirates to freeze or drown.
So, what did Mr McCully actually say and has he been misreported? You figure it out.
The Dom needs a good kick up the arse.
"The conditions are very dangerous in the Ross Sea and there is no way anyone can expect New Zealand to render assistance. The word impossible springs to mind," Mr McCully said.
"We will not have the ability to offer assistance because we can't go and station vessels around the ocean in the expectation that someone's going to do something unwise.
"If there are any difficulties then, as is often the case, we're going to be reliant on any vessels that are in the area."