Vietnam boosts nuclear weapon disarmament, non-proliferation

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam reaffirmed its pledge to join global efforts to disarm nuclear weapons, prevent proliferation of nuclear weapons, and use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes through Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh’s speech at the recent 4th Nuclear Security Summit in the US.


Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc made the statement while granting an interview to the Vietnam News Agency on the outcomes of the summit.


According to Ngoc, at the three previous meetings in Washington in 2010, Seoul in 2012 and Prague in 2014, Vietnam contributed actively to the international community’s efforts, especially in avoiding nuclear weapons and materials falling into terrorists’ hands. The country has participated in most international treaties related to nuclear security and safety. It also completed the return of highly-enriched uranium to Russia and fulfilled its role as the Chair of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Deputy PM noted.


He suggested the country continue enforcing its political commitments, while strictly implementing international treaties on nuclear security and safety. In the near future, Vietnam will sign agreements with numerous nations to step up the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, he added.


Regarding the 4th Nuclear Security Summit, which wrapped up on April 1, the official stated that the summit was a success, reflecting world leaders’ political commitments to prevent proliferation of nuclear weapons and boost the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes./.