U.S., Vietnam ink civil nuclear deal

AFP-JIJI

The United States signed a civilian nuclear pact with Vietnam on Thursday under which Hanoi committed not to produce ingredients for atomic weapons, American officials said.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dun announced the deal, known as the “123 agreement,” on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Brunei.

The accord, which could potentially lead to future sales of U.S. nuclear reactors in Vietnam, “will create numerous opportunities for our businesses between our two countries,” Kerry said.