IAEA pledges to help Vietnam develop nuclear power

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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will help Vietnam build its first nuclear power plant, director general Yukiya Amano said Thursday.

Amano, who was wrapping up a three-day visit to Vietnam starting Monday, said IAEA considered Vietnam as one of the countries that deserved special attention, VnExpress reported.

The agency will hold a conference next month on geological aspects related to earthquakes and tsunamis in the central province of Ninh Thuan, where the country plans to build its first nuclear power plant, he said.

So far, IAEA and Vietnam have engaged in many cooperative activities, including support for signing conventions on safeguards systems, he said.

The director general suggested Vietnam should cooperate with member countries of IAEA to exchange experiences in training human resources, and seeking for advanced technologies to develop nuclear power with the safest system.

Many countries with developed nuclear power sectors like Russia, China, and Japan are willing to help countries like Vietnam which need to develop the human resources, he added.

In the interview, Amano appreciated Vietnam's efforts to receive technologies and improve its human resources for nuclear power development.

At the same time, it pays reat care to nuclear safety as reflected in PM Nguyen Tan Dung's presence at the world summit on nuclear safety held last year in the US, Amano said.

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He hoped Vietnam will continue attending the event, to be organized in Korea next year.

The country has so far achieved successes in applying atomic energy, especially the use of radiation in health care, Amano said.

He expressed his belief that Vietnam will be successful in the field of atomic energy in general and nuclear power in particular.

Last October, Vietnam signed a multi-billion-dollar deal with Russia to build its first nuclear power plant, which is expected to go open in 2020. Vietnam also plans to cooperate with Japan on two other nuclear reactors.

Eight nuclear plants are slated to be in operation in the country by 2031.

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