Nuclear Energy MoU Between the U.S. and Vietnam
The United States has signed an agreement with Vietnam concerning the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the U.S. and Vietnam was signed in Hanoi recently (30/03/10) by Le Dinh Tien, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology of Vietnam, and Michael Michalak, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam.
In a statement, the U.S. State Department said: "This MoU will pave the way in improving cooperation in such fields as human resource development and infrastructure safety and security, and access to reliable sources in the nuclear fuel, radioactive waste management and fuel usage."
Michalak added, "Vietnam has proven its commitment to responsible expansion of nuclear power through certain stages in cooperation with the United States, among other international partners. A strong nuclear infrastructure development requires monitoring of the spread of the first nuclear power plant in decades ahead."
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Michalak said: "Under the MoU, the U.S. and Vietnam will continue its efforts in developing the regulatory and physical infrastructure needed for security and guarantees for Vietnamese citizens who live around the nuclear power plant. This MoU will facilitate cooperation of two countries in areas of the requirements for power reactors and fuel service arrangements, including the development of a reliable source of nuclear fuel for nuclear reactors in Vietnam in the future, thereby encouraging Vietnam to rely on international markets in fulfilling the nuclear fuel ".
Le Dinh Tien stressed that "the Vietnamese are willing to work with international partners on the basis of respect for national independence, sovereignty, and mutually beneficial cooperation."
Besides the U.S., Vietnam had signed a nuclear cooperation agreement and assistance with other countries such as Japan, France, China, South Korea and Canada.