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US, Vietnam Ink Administrative Agreement to Build on Civil Nuclear Field Cooperation

Nuclear powerplantThe governments of the U.S. and Vietnam have signed an administrative pact under a peaceful uses of nuclear energy deal known as the 123 Agreement to support both countries’ clean energy cooperation in the civil nuclear field.

The White House said Tuesday the two nations will work to accomplish tasks such as the construction of new institutional connections, develop training and education strategies and promote both regulatatory infrastructure and bilateral civil nuclear trade.

The alliance also looks to establish a new U.S.-Vietnam Joint Committee on Civil Nuclear Cooperation that will handle the implementation of the 123 Agreement along with cooperation on information sharing from both government and private sectors.

Both countries will also update export controls, secure and track nuclear and radiological materials, build incidence response capacity and develop public-private education support for Vietnamese officials in nuclear science and engineering and other related programs.

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