PM Dung made the remarks while meeting with US Vice President Joseph Biden and other heads of delegations on April 12 on the sideline of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington from April 12-15.

PM Dung along with the participants discussed priority issues of international community regarding nuclear security over the past years.

At the meeting, the Vietnamese Prime Minister said Vietnam wishes to take advantages of nuclear energy for the country’s development.

He underlined the significance of the summit as well as the upcoming meeting to review the implementation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) scheduled to take place in May, which he said would be good opportunities for nations that want to perform their political will and commitment on nuclear disarmament as well as non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. Such events will also promote the safety uses of nuclear for peaceful purposes, including nuclear security, he added.

The mentioned issues need to be solved generally in an effort to reach stable progress, fulfilling the target of an atom for peace era, he said. (VNA)

Vietnam makes safety top priority in nuclear energy

Vietnam gives top priority to safety and security in developing the application of nuclear energy, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington on April 13.

Consequently, Vietnam has actively built and completed a legal basis and a management agency system on control, safety and security in using nuclear materials and radioactive substances, he added.

In his speech, the PM stressed Vietnam’s strong support and contributions to international efforts on disarmament and the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, combating terrorism in all forms and promoting the use of safe, secure nuclear energy for peaceful purposes for the benefit of nations.

Vietnam has welcomed the recent signing of the strategic arms reduction treaty between Russia and the United States, PM Dung said, describing the event as an important step forward in the common effort towards a nuclear weapon-free world.

He noted that Vietnam has joined a number of important international treaties related to the issue, and affirmed the Vietnamese Government’s decision to participate in the nuclear safety treaty and back the global initiative against nuclear terrorism.

As ASEAN Chair in 2010, Vietnam has actively made contributions to building a prosperous and nuclear weapon-free South East Asian region, the PM said.

The country’s awareness and responsibility are also shown in its involvement in a series of international programmes and initiatives. These include co-operation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the US and Russia on converting highly-enriched uranium into usable nuclear fuel at a research reactor, and co-operation with the European Union, Japan and the US in the use of radiation detecting equipment at seaports in Vietnam.

As a nation accelerating its application of nuclear energy and beginning a nuclear electricity programme, Vietnam is willing to expand international co-operation in the area, the PM said, adding that the country signed bilateral nuclear co-operation agreements with Russia, China, France, India, the Republic of Korea, and Argentina, along with a memorandum of understanding on co-operation with the US.

PM Dung affirmed Vietnam’s support for orientations and overall measures in the summit’s draft documents, including enhancement of effectiveness of available treaties, mechanisms, international organisations, the responsibilities of nations, and the involvement of nuclear industries in each country.

The PM also stressed the need to meet the concerns of developing countries regarding the safe, secure and effective application of nuclear energy, creating the necessary conditions for the IAEA’s operations.

PM Dung took this opportunity to thank the international community and express the wish to continue cooperating with it in the application of nuclear energy for purposes of peace and development.

PM meets with foreign leaders at nuclear summit

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on April 12 held separate meetings with leaders of Japan, New Zealand, Morocco and the European Union (EU) on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in the US.

Meeting with his Japanese counterpart, Yukio Hatoyama, PM Dung thanked and spoke highly of the practical assistance Japan has extended to Vietnam ’s national construction and development.

He also urged the Japanese Government to increase its official development assistance (ODA) to and help Vietnam carry out major infrastructure projects.

PM Hatoyama affirmed that Japan will continue to co-operate with Vietnam in implementing projects agreed upon by senior leaders of the two countries and provide a large volume of ODA to the Southeast Asian nation.

During PM Dung’s meeting with New Zealand PM John Key, both leaders noted with pleasure that the bilateral friendship and co-operation have seen important developments in recent years.

Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh’s visit to New Zealand in late 2009 marked the lifting of the Vietnam-New Zealand relationship to the level of a comprehensive partnership, they said.

PM John Key said New Zealand attaches great importance to promoting its comprehensive partnership with Vietnam, and that he will visit Vietnam in the near future to see with his own eyes the country’s development.

The Vietnamese leader applauded PM John Key’s planned visit, saying this will be vivid evidence as Vietnam and New Zealand are celebrating 35 years of diplomatic ties.

Talking with Moroccan PM Abbas El Fassi, PM Dung hailed positive progress in the two countries’ relations since the former’s visit to Vietnam two years ago.

Vietnam and Morocco should make greater efforts to fully tap their potential for stronger co-operation and uphold strengths in tourism, agriculture, mining and fertiliser production, PM Dung said.

He suggested the two nations increase regular meetings between concerned agencies and businesses to share information and experiences so as to grasp opportunities to boost bilateral co-operation as well as tripartite co-operation with a third African country.

At the meeting with EU President Herman Van Rompuy, PM Dung stressed Vietnam and the EU should strive to build their relationship into a model of co-operation between a developed union and a developing nation.

The PM applauded the EU’s recent positive report on the country’s market economy status and urged the EU to soon recognise Vietnam ’s satisfaction of the remaining standards and facilitate two-way trade.

President Rompuy said the EU treasures its relations with Vietnam , expressing his belief that the two sides will soon sign the Partnership Co-operation Agreement (PCA) and the Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

He praised Vietnam’s important role in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and said he hoped that Vietnam and the EU will work together closely to step up the ASEAN-EU relationship as Vietnam takes over the bloc’s chairmanship in 2010.

Vietnam condemns all forms of terrorist acts

Vietnam condemns terrorist acts in any form and strongly supports the international community’s efforts to combat terrorism based on international law and the UN Charter, said the government leader.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung delivered this message at the ongoing Nuclear Security Summit in the US, which brought together the heads of 47 nations, the UN, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the European Union (EU).

PM Dung said that Vietnamese law sets out regulations on ensuring nuclear safety and security and prohibits the illegal trading of materials that are used to produce weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons.

Vietnam, he said, has already drawn up an action plan and has taken a wide range of measures to accomplish these targets, adding that Vietnam actively joins in international conventions and participates in counter-terrorism activities both bilaterally and multilaterally.

To enhance the efficiency of international co-operation in the fight against terrorism, the Vietnamese leader urged the international community to lend more support to nations that need to deploy measures to combat terrorism, ensure nuclear security and implement previously agreed international treaties.

Vietnam News Agency - April 14, 2010