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Vietnam, U.S. agree on nuclear monitoring

WASHINGTON, July 2 (UPI) -- Vietnam and the United States agreed Friday to set up radiation monitoring equipment in the Asian nation's major container port, federal officials said.

The National Nuclear Security Agency said the goal is to bar the smuggling of nuclear material through the port of Cai Mep in the province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

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"Our partnership with Vietnam will greatly strengthen our capability to prevent nuclear and radiological smuggling through the maritime system in a key, strategic region of the world," said Kenneth Baker, a top official with the agency. "We appreciate Vietnam's efforts and commitment to keeping these dangerous materials out of the hands of terrorists, smugglers and proliferators."

Baker said the agency plans to set up monitoring in 100 ports around the world by 2015.

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