United States, Vietnam sign civilian nuclear deal
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AFP) - The United States signed a civilian nuclear pact with Vietnam on Thursday under which Hanoi committed not to produce ingredients for atomic weapons, US officials said.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung announced the deal, known as the "123 agreement" on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Brunei.
The agreement, which could potentially lead to future sales of US nuclear reactors in Vietnam, "will create numerous opportunities for our businesses between our two countries", Mr Kerry said.
Vietnam's market for nuclear power - already the second largest in East Asia after China - is expected to grow to US$50 billion (S$63 billion) by 2030, he added.