Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ha Kim Ngoc (first from left, front line)

The discussion was a side event of the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

Ngoc reaffirmed Vietnam's commitments at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 26), especially the goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

He appreciated potential and benefits of nuclear power, but said that the development of nuclear power needs to ensure international standards on nuclear security and safety and compliance with regulations on nuclear inspections.

The official also affirmed that Vietnam has seriously and fully fulfilled its national obligations to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and pledged to continue supporting the agency’s central role in the use of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

On the same day, Ngoc met and worked with U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination Volker Turk, and heads of delegations from the U.K., Kyrgyzstan, Norway, Romania, Slovenia and Australia to discuss bilateral issues, as well as international and regional situations, and priorities to be promoted at this Review Conference and cooperation at multilateral forums, especially at the United Nations.

Ngoc affirmed Vietnam's consistent policy in promoting the balance of the three pillars of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, saying that countries should continue to accelerate the process of complete elimination of nuclear weapons.

He emphasised the right of nations to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, as well as the important role of international law and the U.N. Charter in Vietnam's foreign policy.

Vietnam is always ready to cooperate and have open dialogue with other countries at international forums, especially the U.N., and hopes that they will support its candidacy for the U.N. Human Rights Council in the 2023-2025 term, he added.

Source: VNA