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Viet Nam hails Iran nuke pact, asserts Hoang Sa sovereignty

Update: July, 17/2015 - 09:35
Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh. — VNA/VNS Photo An Dang

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam welcomes the efforts of all parties in reaching a comprehensive nuclear power agreement between Iran and P5+1 (the US, the UK, Germany, France, Russia and China) on July 14, Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh said yesterday.

Addressing a regular press conference in Ha Noi, he said: "We consider this an important and positive contribution to security and stability in the region and the world."

Answering questions on the accuracy of news reports about the Sacramento City administration cancelling a meeting with a Vietnamese delegation led by Politburo member and Secretary of HCM City's Party Committee Le Thanh Hai, he said the latter's working agenda in California was proceeding normally.

Within the framework of the visit, Hai met with California Governor Edmud Jerry Brown last Tuesday (July 14, local time), during which both sides discussed measures to advance promising ties of friendship and co-operation between HCM City and California, Binh said.

On the reported sinking of a fishing boat from Quang Ngai Province by a Chinese vessel while operating in waters of the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, the spokesperson said Viet Nam 's authorised agencies are working actively to clarify specific details of the incident.

"However, we affirm that Hoang Sa and the waters surrounding the archipelago fall under Viet Nam's sovereignty and jurisdiction, and are traditional fishing grounds of Vietnamese fishermen. Therefore, we strongly protest all actions hindering Vietnamese fishermen's operations in their traditional areas," he said.

Commenting on China's call for the Philippines' to renounce efforts to deal with the East Sea (South China Sea) dispute in an international tribunal and discuss the issue directly with Beijing, Binh said Viet Nam has a clear and constant stance on issues related to disputes in the East Sea.

"Viet Nam supports the settlement of East Sea disputes through peaceful measures in line with international law, especially the 1982 United Nation Convention on the Law of the Sea," he said.

Responding to queries on a Vietnamese national being sentenced to 13 years in jail by a US court, he said Vietnamese agencies in the US are co-ordinating closely with the host nation to clarify information related to the case.

The Foreign Ministry has also directed Vietnamese representative offices to ask for the US 's permission for a consular visit to talk to the Vietnamese national. They have also been asked to take measures to ensure all the rights of the Vietnamese national.

Regarding the June trial of 33 crew members of a Vietnamese fishing boat (QNg 95924 TS) seized by Brunei in May 2015, and who underwent trial in June this year, Binh said the Vietnamese Embassy is working with the Brunei side to send two juvenile fishermen home.

The other 31 fishermen jailed in Brunei are in good health, he said, adding that 21 fishermen were released yesterday, eight on July 29 and the two owners of the boat will be released on September 29.

During this time, the Vietnamese Embassy in Brunei will co-ordinate closely with authorised agencies in the host nation to ensure that the boat is stored safely, while necessary procedures are taken for the fishermen to return home after serving their sentence, Binh said.

Goodwill demonstrated

Binh was also asked about the recent claim by Cambodia that Viet Nam had agreed to temporarily halt all building works in some bilateral border areas.

He said: "To show Viet Nam's goodwill and desire to create favourable conditions for the border demarcation work including the placing of border markers at this critical moment, in an Official Note dated July 6 addressed to the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and also at the meeting between the two chairmen of the joint committee on border demarcation and border marker placement, the Vietnamese side officially asked the Cambodian side to agree to "not carry out any building work within 100m of the actual (border) management line on either side in the areas that have not been demarcated and where border markers have not been placed, and where the land swap has not been completed in line with the Memorandum of Understanding on the adjustment of the land border in some remaining areas between the Government of Viet Nam and the Government of Cambodia, which was signed on April 23, 2011."

Unfortunately, the Cambodian side has failed to respond to the gesture of goodwill from Viet Nam, he added. — VNS

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