Vietnam pursues consistent policy of nuclear non-proliferation


Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh is leading a Vietnamese delegation to attend the fourth Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in Washington, the US, from March 31 to April 1.


Vietnam’s participation in the event aims to confirm the country’s consistent policy of non-proliferation towards complete disarmament of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear ones.


The country also supports the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes while ensuring safety and security.


At the same time, Vietnam strongly condemns the use of nuclear energy to threaten peace, stability and security in the region and around the world.


Vietnam has actively implemented its political commitments in the field. In 2012, the country joined the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s Convention on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) and its Amendment Protocol. It also ratified a Protocol to supplement the nuclear safeguards agreement the same year.


In 2013, Vietnam became a member of the Joint Convention on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management. One year later, the country signed with the US an agreement on the peaceful use of nuclear energy, and participated in the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) to stop trafficking of weapons of mass destruction.


The Southeast Asian nation has actively cooperated with the IAEA and other partners in the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes./.