Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Vietnam says it will still build country's first nuclear power plants
Subsequently, the Vietnamese government has said that it intends to implement the plan to built the country's first nuclear power plants, with the help of both Japan and Russia.
A spokesman for Vietnam's Foreign Ministry, Nguyen Phuong Nga, said that the country's environmental security was at the top of the government's agenda and was “particularly important in the context of climate change and natural disasters, particularly the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.” She went on to say that Vietnam would work with Japan and other international partners to develop nuclear energy while “ensuring nuclear safety and environmental protection.”
Former director of Vietnam's institute for nuclear science and technology, Tran Thanh Minh, said the government was right to stay on course despite the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan. He said: “I'm concerned about what's happening in Japan but...Vietnam will be using the latest nuclear technology and will have to put a bigger focus on safety and engineering when it comes to our nuclear reactors.”
Sources: FT, MSN Philippines News, Vietnam Net
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