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Vietnam backs nuclear disarmament

Publication Date : 26-03-2014


With "high awareness" that nuclear security is the responsibility of all nations, Vietnam fully supports the common goal of non-proliferation and disarmament, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said on Tuesday.

Addressing the third Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) at The Hague, Netherlands, he said that alongside taking voluntary measures to ensure nuclear safety, all countries should design specific and suitable solutions to support developing countries in the use of nuclear power for peaceful purposes.

For its part, Vietnam had, step by step, completed its legal framework, extending control over almost all high-intensity radioactive sources in the country, he said.

He said Vietnam had actively participated in international initiatives related to nuclear security, applied measures to monitor the import and export of radioactive substances at airports and seaports, provided intensive training for industry personnel and built a culture of safety in relevant agencies.

The Vietnamese Prime Minister also hailed the central role of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in strengthening the global nuclear security structure.

"As a member and chair of the IAEA Board of Governors for 2013-2014, Vietnam, together with partners,is doing its utmost to make positive contributions to ensuring nuclear safety in the world," Dung said.

He stated that the use of nuclear power for peaceful purposes, non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament was a common target for the whole world.

To achieve this, the role of multilateral institutions, especially the IAEA and the United Nations, should be promoted, Dung said.

The NSS is being attended by representatives from 53 countries and five international organisations, including 40 high-ranking leaders.

On the sidelines of the NSS, Dung held separate meetings yesterday with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and French President Francois Hollande.

Both Dung and Ban Ki-moon expressed satisfaction about the development of Vietnam-UN relations.

Vietnam would continue to take the initiative and step up contributions to realising the UN's millennium development goals and support reforms within the largest international organisation, the PM said.

He also stated that Vietnam would make every effort in fulfilling its role as a member of the UN Human Rights Council for the 2014-2016 period.

In his meeting with Dung, French President Francois Hollande stressed that cultural similarities between Vietnam and France.

The two leaders agreed to use their strategic partnership well to ensure the success of the Vietnam Year in France which is being held this year.

PM Dung invited both Ban Ki-moon and Francois Hollande to visit Vietnam.

The Vietnamese PM also met yesterday with Chinese President Xi Jinping, United States President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun Hye.


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