Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the affirmation while delivering a speech at the second Nuclear Security Summit 2012 in Seoul, the Republic of Korea (RoK), on March 26-27.
The Vietnamese leader highly valued the RoK’s efforts in organising the summit, stressing that it has helped strengthen political will and cooperation in joint efforts to ensure nuclear security and safety.
He also affirmed support for the organisation of future nuclear security summits and pledged that Vietnam will make active contributions to the success of this process.
PM Dung emphasised the country’s consistent viewpoint of using nuclear energy only for peaceful purposes, ensuring nuclear safety and security as well as practically contributing to the international community’s joint efforts.
He told participants that Vietnam has been building a legal framework and safe and secure infrastructure for nuclear power application, and taking part in related international treaties and initiatives to effectively implement its commitments, especially after the first Nuclear Security Summit.
Regarding regional cooperation, PM Dung stated that Vietnam is working actively with other ASEAN member countries to continue boosting the building of a peaceful and stable Southeast Asian region without nuclear weapons.
According to the Vietnamese leader, disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons are the most important factors to reduce risks for nuclear security and safety while each country has the legitimate right to use nuclear energy and technology for peaceful purposes.
Differences in this issue should be addressed on the basis of the UN Charter and international law through peaceful measures, with regard to the legitimate interests of each nation, he said.
The two-day summit focused on three important topics for nuclear security and safety, including reviewing the progress made since the 2010 Washington Summit, national measures and international cooperation to enhance nuclear security and future commitment, and the interface between nuclear security and safety.
At the end of the summit, the leaders of 53 countries adopted the Seoul communiqué, covering a series of measures to ensure nuclear security and safety in the world.
The third Nuclear Security Summit will be held in the Netherlands in 2014.