The US and Vietnam are negotiating a deal allowing Washington to share nuclear fuel and technology with Hanoi, Reuters reported on Thursday.
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said to Reuters that a similar bilateral pact was made with India in 2005 and the United Arab Emirates last year, adding that the US encourages future nuclear partners to forgo enriching its own uranium and buy its fuel on the international market.
"We certainly would encourage countries to make the same decision that the UAE has made," said Crowley. "At the same time, not every country is not going to make that decision," and Vietnam has the right to enrich uranium for energy as a signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
"That is a decision for them to make. It's not a decision for the United States to make," Crowley explained.