Vietnam commends the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for its achievements in all three pillars, namely science and technology, safety and security, and safeguards and verification.

Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, Permanent representative of Vietnam at the United Nations made the remarks at a plenary session of the General Assembly on “Report of the International Atomic Energy Agency” held in New York on November 3.

“We applaud the IAEA’s continued efforts, among others, to assist over 30 countries, including Vietnam, in preparing the infrastructure necessary for introducing nuclear power into their energy mix,” she said.

As the Chair of the IAEA Board of Governors for the term of 2013-2014, Vietnam has made active contributions, in a balanced and constructive manner, to realising the objectives and missions of the IAEA, Nga affirmed.

Vietnam advocates the peaceful use of nuclear energy and technology for development in line with the international obligations, she said.

Since 2000, the agency has been assisting Vietnam in implementing over 200 technical cooperation projects at national, regional and inter-regional levels with a total disbursement of over 15 million USD. More than 1,200 Vietnamese scientists and technicians have benefited from various training programmes.

Under the current Country Programme Framework (CPR) period 2011-2015, the cooperation between the IAEA and Vietnam has brought about productive results in the main areas of nuclear power infrastructure and nuclear safety, health care and industrial applications and environmental protection. In 2013, in close collaboration with the IAEA, Vietnam prepared feasibility studies of two sites for its first nuclear power plants.

“Vietnam’s strong commitment to peaceful use of nuclear energy and to conducting nuclear power programmes to the highest safety standards has been widely acknowledged,” Nga stressed.

On this occasion, the diplomat thanked all member states, international partners and the IAEA for their valuable support and cooperation so that Vietnam could fulfil her responsibilities.-VNA