Hanoi: Vietnam said it had not
yet begun negotiating with the United States on sharing
nuclear fuel and technology, despite Washington saying talks
"Vietnam and the United States have not yet carried
out negotiations on a peaceful uses of nuclear energy
agreement," foreign ministry spokeswoman Nguyen Phuong Nga
Washington said yesterday it was in talks with its
former Cold War foe over civilian nuclear technology, but
declined to say whether Hanoi would be allowed to enrich its
own uranium, as reported in the Wall Street Journal.
Congressional critics of the deal said the terms
would undercut the more stringent demands placed on US
partners in the Middle East, which had renounced uranium
enrichment in exchange for nuclear cooperation, the Journal
State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said
yesterday that the deal did not involve China, Vietnam`s
neighbour and ally.
But he refused to comment on the enrichment issue,
saying only that "we do want to see... fewer countries
enriching uranium around the world".
The United Arab Emirates signed a nuclear
cooperation deal with the United States last year under which
the UAE agreed not to enrich uranium.