Deputy PM praises Vietnam-IAEA cooperation

At a January 9 reception for visiting IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano in Hanoi, Minh asked the IAEA to extend its support for Vietnam’s peaceful nuclear technology ambitions in healthcare, construction, agriculture, and industry.

(VOV) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has hailed the effective assistance Vietnam receives from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as it continues to explore nuclear technology.

Vietnam will chair the IAEA Board of Governors during the 2013-2014 term. As a responsible member of the international community, the country is committed to international campaigns promoting disarmament, the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, and nuclear safety and security.

Deputy PM and FM Pham Binh Minh and IAEA Director Yukiya Amano.

Deputy PM and FM Pham Binh Minh and IAEA Director Yukiya Amano.

Yukiya Amano briefed his host on the status of these campaigns and the IAEA’s most pressing concerns.

He applauded Vietnam’s careful preparations ahead of developing nuclear power and affirmed his agency’s continued support in this endeavour.

At a meeting with the IAEA Director on the same day, Minister of Science and Technology Nguyen Quan requested further IAEA assistance in ensuring nuclear power security and safety.

The two sides reviewed past cooperation and exchanged perspectives on future collaborative opportunities.

Amano and Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Le Dinh Tien briefed the press on IAEA’s role in promoting peaceful nuclear technology applications, nuclear nonproliferation, and nuclear security and safety.

Media personnel were offered an insight into how the IAEA helps countries through the first significant steps towards nuclear power development.