SEOUL — Viet Nam wants to promote the central role of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency to ensure nuclear security and safety in the world, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said yesterday.
|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (second row, third from right) poses with other world leaders yesterday at the two-day Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
The PM was speaking at the two-day Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul in South Korea.
He said Viet Nam's view was to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes only and ensuring nuclear safety and security.
Dung told participants that Viet Nam had been building a legal framework and safe and secure infrastructure so that it could apply nuclear power and take part in related international treaties and initiatives.
He said Viet Nam was actively working with other ASEAN nations to build a peaceful and stable Southeast Asian region free from nuclear weapons.
He said non-proliferation of nuclear weapons was an important factor for nuclear security and safety and that every nation had the right to use nuclear energy and technology for peaceful purposes.
Any differences should be addressed in terms of the UN charter and international law through peaceful measures.
The summit focused on reviewing the progress made since the 2010 Washington Summit, national measures and international co-operation 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 a communique covering measures to ensure nuclear security and safety throughout the world.
The third Nuclear Security Summit will be held in the Netherlands in 2014.
PM meets other leaders
Also yesterday, Prime Minister Dung held bilateral meetings with international politicians on the sideline of the second Seoul Nuclear Security Summit.
In a meeting with New Zealand counterpart John Key, Dung proposed the early signing of an agreement on avoiding double taxation and a co-operative accord on education and training.
The PM also proposed organising the fourth session of the Joint Committee for Economic and Trade Co-operation this year.
Key said he hoped the two countries would increase co-operation in international and regional forums, boost visits of defence delegations and co-operate in logistics and the defence industry.
He also urged speeding up the implementation of the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement and trade and investment promotion.
In another meeting with Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, PM Dung praised Britain's role in promoting nuclear security and safety and its initiatives at the Seoul summit.
Dung suggested that both countries exchange information on issues of mutual concern and promote bilateral co-operation in trade, investment and education.
He said he hoped Britain would continue to support Viet Nam in developing the international Viet Nam-UK University to help Vietnamese students study in Britain.
Clegg said there was a need for the two countries to increase two-way trade value to US$4 billion by 2013.
PM Dung also met his Pakistani counterpart Raza Gillani. The two were delighted at increasing two-way trade that hit $325 million last year.
They also discussed signing agreements encouraging investment. Dung said the two countries should enhance ventures in investment, culture, education and training.
In a meeting with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt, PM Dung said he was delighted at the success both sides had enjoyed in celebrating 40 years of diplomatic relations in 2011.
In addition to decades of successful relations, Viet Nam and Denmark recently established strategic partnerships in the areas of climate change adaptation, environmental protection, green growth and energy.
Schmidt asked Viet Nam to offer preferential policies for Danish investors to maintain long-term businesses in the country, especially in areas such as food processing, renewable energy, green and environmentally-friendly technology, among others.
Meeting with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and President of the EU Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, Dung asked the EU to make further efforts to allow negotiations for the Free Trade Agreement to begin and to soon recognise Viet Nam as a market economy.
Later, Dung met with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto. The Vietnamese leader said he hoped that Finland would continue to assist Viet Nam in the areas of poverty reduction, climate change adaptation and forestry.
In a discussion with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, both leaders agreed to work closely to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations in 2013. Though bilateral trade topped $5 billion in 2011, Dung said both countries had the potential to reach higher targets.
Gillard said she hoped the two countries would further co-operate in economics, commerce, investment, high technology, education, security and national defence and other activities at regional and international forums. — VNS