She made the statement in response to reporters’ queries on February 15 about the recent US naval vessel’s passing through the area of Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago.

Spokesperson of Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang

The spokesperson said Vietnam’s stance on sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction in the East Sea is clear and in accordance with international law, which has been emphasized many times.

As a member country of the United Nations 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and a nation in the coastal area of the East Sea, Vietnam always respects the freedom of navigation and aviation of countries in the East Sea, in line with the provisions of international law, including the 1982 UNCLOS.

The maritime policies and related actions of coastal countries should be consistent with international law as reflected in the 1982 UNCLOS, Hang said.

Source: VNA