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2007 Press Releases

U.S. Embassy Co-Hosts Workshop on Preventing the Spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction

April 17, 2007

The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and the Ministry of Finance, General Department of Customs are co-hosting a workshop to train customs enforcement personnel to identify materials which could be used to manufacture weapons of mass destruction.  Through this training, carried out April 17-19, customs inspectors will be better prepared to enforce Vietnam's export control laws by recognizing controlled commodities they must identify and interdict in their regular Customs inspections.  The workshop includes presentations on equipment and materials used in the development and production of nuclear, chemical, biological weapons, and related missile systems.

The workshop is held under the auspices of the U.S. Government’s Export Control and Border Security program, which helps countries strengthen national trade control systems consistent with international standards.  The United States Government welcomes the Vietnamese Government’s cooperation and support in these efforts to improve their ability to prevent the transfer of weapons of mass destruction and missile related items.  Through this important partnership, the United States and Vietnam are helping ensure a safer world.