The US "accelerating" the lifting of a lethal arms embargo against Vietnam would reflect trust between the two countries, Reuters quoted the Vietnamese foreign ministry as saying.
Vietnam would "welcome the United States' acceleration to fully lift the lethal arms sale ban on Vietnam," the ministry said in a respond to Reuters questions, just over a week ahead of a visit by President Barack Obama to the country.
The former foes normalized bilateral relations in 1995. Washington eased the embargo in late 2014, and lifting the ban would be "consistent with the development trend of the comprehensive partnership" and "demonstrating trust between the two countries," Reuters quoted the ministry as saying.
Vietnam has strengthened its armed forces in recent years with weapons imported from various countries. The ministry said, however, that Vietnam's policy was about self-defense, and that the "procurement of defense equipment... from partner countries is completely normal, in accordance with a defense policy of peace," according to Reuters.
"We are not allied or linking militarily with any country against other countries," the ministry was quoted as saying.