Obama OKs Nuclear Deal With Vietnam
The '123 agreement' lets US firms into Vietnam's nuclear market
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 24, 2014 5:40 PM CST
President Barack Obama walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 as he boards Marine One helicopter to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., for his trip to Mexico.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – President Barack Obama has approved an agreement for civilian nuclear cooperation between the US and Vietnam in a sign of deepening ties between the former foes. The US and Vietnamese governments reached agreement in October. 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 US agreement, Vietnam is committing to rely on the international market for its nuclear fuel supply rather than enrich uranium or reprocess plutonium itself. Some lawmakers have expressed concern over the terms of the agreement and over Vietnam's human rights record.

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rickydarlin
Feb 25, 2014 8:06 PM CST
obama.....just get out....can't you take a recess or ANOTHER vacation till it's time for you to LEAVE!!!!!!
wartengu
Feb 25, 2014 10:35 AM CST
First they go to war with a country then they partner up with them. In the near future, the U.S and Taliban will be best buds.
Papa_Umawmaw
Feb 25, 2014 7:37 AM CST
every time I'm in home depot or gap and see product made in vietnam on the shelf, i wonder how a person or a parent reacts when they think of what they lost in a pointless war there? a limb, a life?? for what? 50K americans died in a useless phucking war that accomplished nothing. and more died in iraq and afghanistan and accomplished nothing. when will we learn that war is not the answer?