Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Obama Signed Off on Nuclear Deal with Vietnam, Allowing Nuclear Fuel Sale and Uranium Enrichment

As he openly demands Japan to return 300 kilograms of weapons-grade plutonium that the US gave as part of "Atoms for Peace" for his concern for nuclear proliferation (to the delight of China for another chance to bash Japan), President Obama allows the US to sell nuclear fuel and technology to Vietnam, and allows Vietnam to enrich uranium if they want to.

Why? According to The Hill, to counter China.

It's a curious timing, as Vietnam has just postponed the construction of its first nuclear power plant (to be built by Russian companies) for six years. Vietnam's second nuclear power plant is to be built by the Japanese consortium, but there is no news of delay for that one.

The Hill (2/24/2014; emphasis is mine):

Obama OKs nuke deal with Vietnam

President Obama signed off Monday on a controversial civilian nuclear deal with Vietnam.

The cooperation agreement with the communist nation allows the U.S. to sell nuclear fuel and technology to its former foe. It aims to help guarantee Vietnams' energy independence as China asserts a more prominent role in the region.

“I have determined that the performance of the Agreement will promote, and will not constitute an unreasonable risk to, the common defense and security,” Obama wrote in a memo for the secretaries of State and Energy.
The deal aims to get Vietnam to import the fuel it needs for its reactors instead of producing it domestically. But it doesn't bar the country from conducting its own uranium enrichment, raising concerns about nuclear proliferation.

The agreement is also seen as a potential complicating factor in the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran. Iran has repeatedly accused nuclear powers, and the United States in particular, of a double standard in terms of which nations are allowed to run nuclear programs that are allegedly for civilian purposes only.


Stock said...

Impeach that thing

netudiant said...

Just executing US policy to ensure China is surrounded by nuclear capable states. Expect Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia to be the next recipients of this US largesse, with the Philippines to follow. Korea and Japan of course are already on board.

Dud said...

Reply to Stock:

Here in "Candu", we have our own "thing" to redirect.

Quote: "You won't recognize Canada when I'm through with it."
see: http://sistersagesmusings.ca/2011/12/24/text-of-1997-speech-by-stephen-harper-to-us-right-wing-think-tank-2/

We no longer have science driving policy, but silence in it's stead. :(

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The US and vietnam have been allied against china for years now china tried to force its will on veitnam so they went to the united states for help this is just another level of help

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