Vietnam declares support for nonproliferation initiative

Vietnam announced on May 20 that it supports the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) Statement of Interdiction Principles.

The U.S. government welcomed Vietnam's decision, Imperial Valley News reports.

PSI was launched in Krakow, Poland, in 2003 in order to stop the trafficking of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The initiative has the support of more than 100 countries around the world, including Russia, Japan, Germany and the U.K.

PSI recently marked its tenth year anniversary. U.S. President Barack Obama urged partner states to take tangible steps to preventing the spread of WMDs around the world, according to Imperial Valley News.

The U.S. and other member states, along with three international organizations, also met in Krakow on Tuesday to mark the anniversary. Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller represented the U.S. at the meeting, which saw member states agree to take more steps to control the spread of WMDs, including sharing expertise and promoting legally-binding international treaties that would ban the trafficking of WMD materials by sea and air.

Obama first declared his support for PSI during a 2009 speech in Prague, calling on it to become an enduring international effort to curb the proliferation of WMDs.