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Obama Approves Nuclear Cooperation with Vietnam

25 February 2014

President Barack Obama has approved an agreement for civilian nuclear cooperation between the US and Vietnam in a sign of deepening ties between the two former foes. The agreement was reached in October, and Congress now has 90 days to review it. If lawmakers do nothing, the deal will take effect. The “123 agreement,” approved by Obama on Monday, allows US firms into Vietnam’s civilian nuclear power market. Russian and Japanese companies are already planning to build reactors there. Under the agreement, Vietnam commits to buying its nuclear fuel supply on the international market, rather than enriching uranium or reprocess plutonium itself.—AP