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US, Vietnam Sign Accord on Nuclear Energy

At the East Asian Summit in Brunei, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh signed a so-called 123 accord.   If signed by President Obama and subsequently not blocked by the U.S. Congress, the agreement would allow American atomic energy firms into Vietnam in exchange for Hanoi's pledge not to enrich its own uranium.   A senior U.S. State Department official noted Vietnam "has taken steps towards the development of a robust domestic ...

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