PANO – Ambassador Glyn Davies, Permanent Representative of the United States to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the United Nations Office in Vienna, shared some information relating to the nuclear energy cooperation between the U.S and Vietnam at a meeting with the press on December 8th in Hanoi.
Mr. Davies said that Vietnam has shown its responsibilities in nuclear safety and the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.
Vietnam has an increasingly important role in the regional as well as in the field of nuclear energy, said the ambassador.
He also stressed that the U.S want to work with Vietnam within the framework of IAEA and bilateral one when Vietnam develops its nuclear energy.
According to the ambassador, the two countries have increased negotiations on a civilian nuclear partnership agreement, the so-called Agreement 123, relating to the transfer of information, equipment and nuclear technology from the U.S to other countries.
Recently, the two countries have signed a memorandum of understanding on nuclear regulations and necessary infrastructure for safe nuclear energy and security in Vietnam.
The two countries are working at an appropriate level to reach agreement in this field and looking forward to cooperating in commercial nuclear energy, said Mr. Davies.
Answering the concerns about the nuclear energy cooperation between the two countries, Mr. Davies confirmed that Vietnam was the one that decide basing on the interests of Vietnam itself.
The ambassador also strongly denied the information accusing that the U.S of supporting Vietnam to enrich uranium by adding that the U.S did not negotiate and did not think about a negotiation to support Vietnam in this field.
He also stressed that Vietnam has never asked the U.S to support in this field.
“We are willing to support Vietnam to develop its infrastructure, not to enrich uranium,” he said.
“And we don’t see Vietnam’s interests in this area,” he added.
On the same day, the U.S Embassy in Vietnam, in a press release, announced that the two countries have reached an agreement to complete the full conversion of Da Lat nuclear research reactor’s energy from highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low-enriched uranium (LEU) and to remove the remaining HEU.
According to the press release, in September 2007, the National Nuclear Security Administration assisted Vietnam in partially converting the Da Lat research reactor from HEU to LEU fuel and returning 4.3 kg of fresh HEU to Russia.
“On December 1, 2010, the United States and Vietnam established a legal framework for U.S.-Vietnam cooperation for full conversion and the return of HEU spent fuel from Da Lat to Russia,” the press release says.
During her recent visit to Hanoi, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton noted the progress that has been made in expanding civil nuclear cooperation and in counter-proliferation, saying “Vietnam is an active partner in both areas.”
Mr. Davies said that Vietnam is developing rapidly and, therefore, there is an increasing demand of energy in the future that international partner can cooperate with Vietnam to meet this demand.
He also stressed that Vietnam has an advanced view on nuclear energy and works closely with IAEA in this field.
Translated by Ngoc Hung