Vietnam has become the 69th member of the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management.

The convention, which aims to directly address these issues on a global scale, was opened for signature on September 29, 1997 , and entered into force on June 18, 2001.

Vietnamese Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Nguyen Thiep recently handed over the membership document to Director of the IAEA Office of Legal Affairs Peri Lynne Johnson in Vienna.

This is a new progress of Vietnam in the nuclear sector and the move illustrates the country’s consistent policy of joining international conventions and perfecting its legal framework in preparation for implementing its first nuclear power programme, said Thiep.

Johnson hailed Vietnam’s efforts over the past time to sign most of the basic international conventions on nuclear, standing out among nations preparing for nuclear power.

Both sides pledged to further promote the cooperation between Vietnam and the IAEA in the coming time.-VNA