Work on the US-funded Dioxin Remediation at Biên Hòa Airbase Project in the southern province of Đồng Nai began on Thursday.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh had meetings with several US officials in Washington, DC on Thursday as part of his official visit to the North American nation.
Minister of National Defence Ngô Xuân Lịch has urged agencies to seek local and foreign resources in capital and technologies to implement the first phase of a US-funded project to resolve dioxin contamination at Biên Hoà airbase in Đồng Nai Province, which is expected to begin in April.
Defense Minister Ngô Xuân Lịch has asked the US to continue to support Việt Nam in combating the consequences of the war, especially the clean-up of Agent Orange at the Biên Hoà airbase.
Biên Hoà Airbase Area in the southern province of Đồng Nai will be the next dioxin hot spot to be remediated.
Joint Việt Nam-US teams working to remediate dioxin at the Đà Nẵng International Airport have successfully completed their work, according to the US Embassy in Việt Nam.
Local residents have expressed concern about the land around Biên Hòa Air Base, which has been hired out for workshops, garages, restaurants and cafes, Thanh Nien (Youth) Newspaper reported.
On July 12, families of fallen soldiers from 23 provinces across Việt Nam arrived in Đồng Nai Martyr Cemetery in the southern province to attend a memorial service and reburial for 72 martyrs who died during the battle at Biên Hoà Airbase on January 31, 1968 during the Tết Offensive.
The US is fully lifting its fifty-year old arms embargo on Việt Nam, announced US President Barack Obama yesterday.