KUALA LUMPUR (REUTER) - Malaysia has banned a ship carrying recycled nuclear waste from France to Japan from using its waterways and Economic Exclusive Zone, the environment minister said on Wednesday. The decision to bar the British "Pacific Teal" was made by the Cabinet at its weekly meeting on Wednesday, the national news agency Bernama quoted Science, Technology and Environment Minister Law Hieng Ding as saying. The Pacific Teal left the French port of Cherbourg recently, apparently on a course that would take it through the Malacca Strait. The waste orginated from Japan and was sent to France to be processed for re-use in Japan, Law said. Malaysia, as a party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and under its Atomic Energy Licensing Act, has the legal right to control the movement of nuclear material within its national jurisdiction, Law said. The government was concerned about a possible mishap involving the Pacific Teal in the strait as the narrow waterway is congested with about 150 ships using it daily, he said.